Tuesday, September 1, 2009

BA on Chad Bell

He only ranked 26th in a weak collection of Cape talent this year. What is encouraging is that, at least in some starts he had an average fastball (90), which was more than I had seen reported, though, to be sure, he did break out his 87mph heater as well. One report that I read said that he threw his changeup too much during the summer but it is nice to hear again that his change flashes plus. So with an arsenal of at fastball that ranges 87-91, a changeup that flashes plus and a reportedly solid average to above average curveball with above average command on all his pitches- sounds like Richard Bleier, or Mike Ballard,or Z. Phillips (as a starter). Not sure that is worth getting too excited about but then Bleier has ended up really impressing me this year when I thought he was destined for a MR/LR role down the line...

26. Chad Bell, lhp, Cotuit (SIGNED: Rangers)

A 14th-round pick out of Walters State (Tenn.) CC, Bell made himself some money with his Cape performance. He threw a no-hitter against Chatham on July 12, limited opponents to a .173 average and commanded multiple pitches as well as anyone in the league. The Rangers signed him at the deadline for $450,000.

Bell relied on his curveball too much at Walters State but used his fastball more with Cotuit, boosting its velocity from 86-88 mph to 89-91. He also had one of the best changeups on the Cape, and his curve is a solid pitch.


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