It is the first time Bell made MLB Network's top 10. They determine the rankings on an internal projection system they call the “Shredder.”
Bell slashed .277/.367/.569 with 37 home runs and 116 RBI in his breakout 2019 campaign. His 143 OPS+ ranked second among first basemen with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, trailing Pete Alonso (148).
Said analyst Carlos Pena: “Josh Bell was one of those question marks for me. This guy is a physical specimen, love his swing, love his athletic ability, but he hasn’t really panned out the way I thought he would and then all of a sudden, he comes out and goes boom, hits 37 home runs. Really impresses and takes on the Major Leagues by storm, has a breakout year.
"I think he’s here to stay, I think this is the real Josh Bell, this is what we’ve been waiting for."