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Joshua L. Bell

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Josh Bell came to the majors in 2010.

Bell was taken in the 4th round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, their second position player after Ivan DeJesus Jr.. The signing scout was Manny Estrada. He hit .318/.399/.395 for the GCL Dodgers that year, finishing 6th in the Gulf Coast League in average.

In 2006, Josh went from one homer to 12, batting .308/.367/.544 for the Ogden Raptors with 53 RBI in 64 games. He was third in the Pioneer League in homers behind Chris Carter and Chris Errecart. He was named the league's All-Star third baseman. Baseball America rated him as the #9 Dodgers prospect and #2 in the Pioneer League, behind Bryan Morris and followed by Héctor Gómez and Sean O'Sullivan.

Bell split 2007 between the Great Lakes Loons (.289/.354/.470, 15 HR in 398 AB) and the Inland Empire 66ers (.173/.203/.307) before finishing the year with the West Oahu CaneFires (.213/.292/.383). His 35 errors at hte hot corner led the Midwest League. Baseball America ranked him as the #9 Midwest League prospect (between Gerardo Parra and Drew Stubbs) and #10 in the Hawaii Winter League (between Blake Wood and Kris Medlen).

In 2008, Josh batted .273/.373/.455 in 51 games for the 66ers before a left knee injury ended his season; he had surgery on the knee. Baseball America rated him the Dodgers' #8 prospect and best power hitting prospect.

Bell opened 2009 with the Chattanooga Lookouts, putting up a .296/.386/.497 line with 30 doubles in 94 games while fielding .929 at third. He finished 4th in the Southern League in slugging and was MVP of the league's All-Star Game, with a homer, 2 runs and 2 RBI. On July 30, he was dealt with Steve Johnson to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for George Sherrill.

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After the trade, Josh was assigned to the Bowie Baysox, where the Illinois native had a .289/.346/.570 batting line with 9 homers in 33 games. Baseball America rated him as the #10 Southern League prospect, right behind Jeremy Hellickson. That winter, he hit .319/.388/.516 with 19 RBI in 23 games for the Arizona Fall League's Phoenix Desert Dogs. Baseball America ranked him as the 5th-best AFL prospect after Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, Domonic Brown and Dustin Ackley as well as the 2nd-best Orioles prospect.

Starting 2010 with the Norfolk Tides, Bell batted .266/.311/.455 in his first 74 games in AAA. He was then called up to the 2010 Baltimore Orioles to replace the injured Luke Scott. In his major league debut, he hit 7th and manned third base. He grounded out against Trevor Cahill his first time up. He singled in his third at-bat against Cahill and finished 1 for 4 in his first game in the bigs. He helped turn one double play at third but also made a throwing error on a Kevin Kouzmanoff grounder. He fanned in 7 of his first 14 MLB at-bats. He hit his first two major league home runs on the same day, and both against All-Star Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers in an 8-6 win on August 21. He finished his first season hitting .214 in 53 games, with 3 homers and 12 RBI.

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