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Josh Bell

Josh Bell

1B - PIT
Age: 27Bats: BThrows: R

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Bell is one of the breakout players of 2019. With a massive spike in both his hard contact and fly ball rates, he's already surpassed his previous career high of 26 home runs, set in his first full Big League season in 2017. His batting average has predictably tailed off, but most of what he's doing is absolutely legit.

Bell, who hit just 12 home runs in 583 plate appearances last year, has emphatically turned the page this season with 31 home runs in late August. He has slashed his ground-ball and infield-fly rates in favor of more fly balls while posting a much higher exit velocity, leading to a .278/.364/.574 slash line. He unsurprisingly slowed down in June and again after the All-Star break following a three-homer game to open July, but nobody could have expected him to maintain a .330, 50-HR, 150-RBI pace all year long. He's still one of 2019's finest breakouts.

Bell's breakout has been legitimate with the underlying stats confirming that he is, in fact, one of the best hitters in baseball. Neither his .300 batting average nor his 45 homer pace are expected to slow down so don't get the idea to sell-high via trade.

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