Physical Description: Tall,
sturdy frame with long arms and legs. Frame has some remaining
projection in his upper body, but lower half is filled out.
Mechanics: High three-quarters arm slot.
Makes use of his height. Medium-to-high leg kick. Puts some
effort on his arm. Lands closed and balanced. Delivery is on the
stiff side and can be tough to repeat.
92-95 mph, touching 97 mph. Good extension. Could work on
working pitch in and out of the zone more. Command and control
need a lot of work. Had trouble throwing strikes at the 2020
Fall Instructional League. Potential plus offering if his well
below-average command improves significantly.
Changeup: 82-84 mph. Flashes some drop. Keeps hitters
off-balance when at its best. Potential average offering.
Slider: 83-85 mph. Only started developing
pitch recently, but it has shown some potential. Has good shape
and will show some bite on occasion. Potential fringe-average
Curveball: 77-81 mph. Will
flash depth when he snaps it off, but does not consistently get
over it. Potential below-average offering.
Career Notes: Son of former
MLB All-Star Jay Bell. Older brother Brantley is a third baseman
in the Reds organization. Does not have a significant track
record as a power arm. Began JuCo career as a two-way player,
but blew out his arm early in his sophomore season and underwent
Tommy John surgery. Came back with increased velocity and chose
to focus exclusively on pitching. Committed to Auburn.
Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.
Underwent successful UCL revision surgery in the last week of
May 2021 and missed the entire 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Participated in the 2021 Fall Performance Program while
Summation: Projects as a reliever, but will
be developed as a starter at least early on. Has a long way to
go developmentally to project as a potential major leaguer. Does
not have many miles on his arm and is still raw for his age.
Moldable. Should post high strikeout numbers in the minors.
Needs to find a go-to secondary pitch; his changeup was his best
offering at 2020 Fall Instructs, but coming out of the draft his
curveball was thought to be his best secondary. Advancement of
secondaries and command and control will be keys to development.
Note: This page will be updated with
a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the
player in person.
Scouting Report Update (3.31.20)
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