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Diamondbacks Add Organizational Depth by Acquiring 3B Josh Bell and OF Brent Clevlen | April
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The Diamondbacks have added to their organizational depth by acquiring 3B Josh Bell (assigned to AAA Reno) and OF Brent Clevlen (to AA Mobile). The recent injury to OF Chris Young and the slow start by 3B Ryan Roberts have highlighted the organization's lack of position player depth in the upper minors, and both newcomers could find themselves with opportunities at the Major League level if things break right for them.

Josh Bell
Bell, age 25, was originally a 4th Round draft pick of the Dodgers in the 2005 draft. He went to the Orioles in 2009 as part of a trade for LHP George Sherrill, and then was traded to the Diamondbacks on April 21 after being designated for assignment by the Orioles. Bell had played parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Baltimore, compiling a career .200/.221/.264 batting line over 220 AB. Even worse, Bell has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 78 to 6, which is the poorest of any Major Leaguer with over 200 plate appearances over the last two years.  

Year Age Tm AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 23 BAL 159 15 34 3 12 0 1 2 53 .214 .224 .302
2011 24 BAL 61 6 10 0 6 0 0 4 25 .164 .215 .164

Bell's Minor League numbers are a little better, as he actually posted decent walk and OBP numbers in 2008 and 2009 to go with some good power. But at the AAA level, the K/BB ratio deteriorated and the OBP dropped to an unacceptable level.

Year Age Lev AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2005 18 Rk 157 26 50 1 21 5 2 20 33 .318 .399 .395
2006 19 Rk 250 45 77 12 53 4 0 23 72 .308 .367 .544
2007 20 A-A+ 473 69 128 17 71 5 1 42 128 .271 .331 .444
2008 21 A+ 187 34 51 6 21 4 2 31 56 .273 .373 .455
2009 22 AA 448 65 132 20 76 3 5 61 98 .295 .376 .516
2010 23 AAA 316 43 88 13 50 2 4 23 78 .278 .328 .481
2011 24 AAA 395 62 100 19 57 4 0 40 118 .253 .320 .438

The Orioles Designated Bell For Assignment after Spring Training, giving the 3B position to a combination of Mark Reynolds, Wilson Betemit, and Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty, and the Diamondbacks acquired him for a player to be named later. He was assigned to AAA Reno, and has gotten off to a hot start, with 2 HR and 6 RBI in his first 10 ABs, plus one walk. With Ryan Roberts off to a slow start in the Majors (.170/.254/.264), Bell is battling with fellow AAA 3B Ryan Wheeler for an opportunity to play in the Majors.  But even with Bell's hot start, he needs to show much better plate discipline before getting another shot at the Major League level.

Brett Clevlen
Clevlen (age 28) has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors, with the Tigers and the Braves. Over 77 career Major League ABs, he has a line of .234/.280/.429, with 3 HR, 7 RBI, and an ugly 31/5 K/BB ratio. He's a good athlete who has power, can run, and can play decent outfield defense, but he's always had trouble with too many strikeouts and too low of a batting average.

Year Age Lev AB R H HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 24 AAA 476 75 133 22 82 7 2 54 166 .279 .358 .496
2009 25 AAA 479 61 127 16 64 10 1 42 139 .265 .328 .441
2010 26 AAA-A 195 20 52 3 29 3 0 22 62 .267 .339 .354
2011 27 AA-AAA 386 67 117 19 62 6 4 53 96 .303 .385 .536

Clevlen may still find a role as a 4th or 5th outfielder in the Majors. He has a strong arm, and has played plenty of CF (243 games) and RF (636 games) in the Minors. And Clevlen's power is always a good asset to have on the bench. If the Diamondbacks decide that they don't want a young player like A.J. Pollock sitting on the bench in the Majors, they may turn to a veteran like Clevlen for the reserve outfielder role.