Josh Bell Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 250 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/14/1992 (30)
Josh Bell Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Josh Bell News
San Diego Padres first baseman Josh Bell is out of the lineup Friday against the Colorado Rockies. It's a tough break for fantasy managers, who were likely hoping Bell would break out of his current slump with a series at Coors Field. Bell has now sat out three of the team's last seven games, as the Padres don't have the time to sit around and let the 30-year-old figure it out. He has an abysmal .196/.309/.288 slash line with the Padres and has only three homers, 23 runs and 11 RBI in 179 plate appearances with the Friars. If Bell doesn't show up this weekend, fantasy managers going into the finals in head-to-head leagues might want to look at another option for next week.
San Diego Padres first baseman Josh Bell carried the team to victory Sunday, providing all the offense in a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals with a two-run home run. Bell went 1-for-4 against his old team to give him round-trippers in back-to-back games. Fantasy managers will hope this is a return to earlier success for Bell, who has slashed .138/.263/.262 with just five RBI over his last 30 games. For the season, Bell is enjoying a strong campaign with an .825 OPS, 16 homers, 64 runs scored, and 62 RBI in 513 plate appearances.
The San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals have agreed in principle on a deal that will send outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell to the Padres, according to sources. ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that the Padres will send left-hander MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, shortstop C.J. Abrams, outfielder James Wood and right-hander Jarlin Susana to Washington in the package. One other major-leaguer will also be involved, which is the only current holdup. Soto is only 23 years old and is already one of the best all-around hitters in the game, while Bell will also be an upgrade for the Friars at first base over Eric Hosmer, who could be dealt in a separate deal. The Padres were already contenders, but the addition of both Soto and Bell takes them to another level.
Josh Bell was a disappointment in fantasy last season, but a fresh start with the Washington Nationals should help him return to form. Like many of us, the big first baseman looked lost in 2020. Bell finished the season ranked 41st among 1B eligible players while setting new career-worsts in on-base percentage (.305), slugging percentage (.364), K-rate (26.5%), and wRC+ (78).The good news is that was across only 223 plate appearances. In 2019 Bell was an All-Star. He blasted 37 homers and had 116 RBI with a .936 OPS across 613 PA. It's tempting to look at 2020 as a slump and move on. Unfortunately, Bell's 2019 success was limited to an equally small sample. Bell did an overwhelming amount of his damage early in the season while batting just .233 in the second half. However, even if he doesn't regain his torrid 2019 pace, Bell should improve in 2021. Last year he dealt with uncharacteristic plate discipline issues resulting in an abysmal 0.37 BB/K rate. His career 11.9% walk rate would suggest last season was an anomaly. If healthy, Bell is a near-lock for 30 homers and will have plenty of RBI and run opportunities playing with a better supporting cast than he ever had in Pittsburgh. Bell's durability gives him a safe floor with massive upside if he cuts back on the strikeouts and grounders. Bell is a steal at his average draft position of 175th overall.