BRADENTON, Fla. - If you saw my videos of Josh Bell hitting and fielding the other day, you might have thought he looks a bit slimmer this year. You wouldn't be wrong. Bell is currently around the 230 mark, which is a big change from a year ago when he came into Spring Training just shy of 250 pounds. His plan this year is to try and stay in the 220-230 range during the season.
There are a few factors that led to this change, and the weight range. Bell had conversations with coaches about his weight, especially after gaining a lot prior to the 2016 season. That weight gain was intentional, as Bell was focused on adding power by adding strength.
"We want guys to gain strength naturally, and to add to their frame in the right way," Neal Huntington said. "In Josh's case, he felt like he...
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