Josh Bell is a switch-hitting third baseman, who is 22 years old.
He is currently batting .296-11-52 with Double-A Chatanooga and has 30 doubles in 94 games. He goes 6’3”, 235 pounds. He has an on base percentage of .386 and a slugging percentage of .497.
This year he is hitting .212 vs. LHP and .335 vs. RHP.
Bell was a fourth-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2005. He is from Lantana, Florida.
Power is one of his best tools and some scouts rated his power as 70 on the 20-80 scale. On defense he is said to have a strong arm but his range is not great.
Steve Johnson is a 21-year-old right-hander from Baltimore and the son of O’s radio and TV broadcaster Dave Johnson. Steve was just recently promoted to Double-A Chananooga and pitched six shutout innings with seven strikeouts last Monday night. In two Double-A starts, he is 1-1, 1.69.
Earlier, in the California League at Inland Empire, he went 8-4, 3.82 in 16 starts with 102 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings.
This is an emotional day for our friend Dave Johnson, who found out moments ago on the Orioles radio postgame show that his son might be joining this organization. Host Tom Davis broke the news to Dave and it was an emotional time for a proud father. Dave was at the game on Monday looking on as Steve pitched six shutout innings.