Orioles Top Prospect No. 2: Josh Bell

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Orioles Top Prospect No. 2: Josh Bell

You have to give credit to Andy MacPhail.

This past season, the Orioles desperately needed more production from the third base position. So, instead of trading for another over-the-hill, middle-aged player, the O's GM traded away the O's most valuable bargaining chip, and in return got the future face of the hot corner.

It doesn't hurt that Josh Bell also has "light-tower power," as the baseball geeks like to call his prodigious power stroke.

It was a tough call whether to pin Bell down at #2 or #3, but the thing that clinched it in my mind was the fact that three years from now, Bell should be an everyday player, while Jake Arrieta, even if he turns out better than Brian Matusz or Chris Tillman, still only takes the mound every fifth day.

So I give you, the Orioles #2, and top position prospect, Josh Bell.

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