Josh Bell. Wow.
If Josh Bell keeps hitting like this, there will be questions Orioles manager Dave Trembley will have to hear frequently concerning the top prospect’s chances of cracking the Opening Day roster.
“I hope he makes it tough,” Trembley said of the club’s pending decision. “Good for him. That’s what they are all here for.”
Bell went yard off right-hander Matt Garza and lefty Heath Phillips, helping further the notion that he is a true switch-hitter. He has struggled in the past with his right-handed swing, but as I wrote about earlier this week, it’s something he’s really working on in camp.
“Any time that I’ve gotten negative press about it, I just take it as a motivator and to work harder,” Bell said. “Last year I never really got comfortable right-handed and it just made me work that much harder this off-season. I know I can do it, I want to continue to do it and I’m going to continue to prove that I can.”
Bell said he was amped up to see his name in the lineup and has been all smiles since coming over from the Dodgers midseason last year.
“Sometimes you have one of those days,” Bell said. “I feel good. I was just trying to hit the ball hard.”
“I feel good, especially coming over after being with the Dodgers for five years and coming to an organization and being able to perform in front of everybody.”