Bell rings strong in triple-A

Baseball: The former Angel has gone back to dealing at the triple-A level.

August 02, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,

GLENDALE — The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) Salt Lake Bees pitcher: Bell seems to have settled back into the minor leagues, putting together three solid starts since getting shipped back down to the Salt Lake Bees, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's triple-A affiliate.

The former Falcon was sent down to the Bees on July 22 to make room for Fernando Rodney on the Angels roster. He held the opposition scoreless in his first two starts before pitching his third against the Tucson Padres on Tuesday.


Bell gave up three runs in the first three innings on Tuesday, but battled back and didn't give up another the rest of the way. He threw six innings and surrendered five hits, including a two-run homer, and three walks to Tucson. He still picked up the win, leaving the game after 96 pitches with eight strikeouts and his team in front, 8-3. The Bees went on to win, 8-4.

In his first start back with the Bees, Bell gave up one hit against the Tacoma Rainiers on July 23. On a pitch count, he threw 3 2/3 innings scoreless innings and struck out five batters in an 18-9 Salt Lake victory. The former All-Area standout had another scoreless outing against the Fresno Grizzlies on July 28. He struck out two batters and gave up five hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings of a 1-0 Bees win.

Bell's win-loss record improved to 2-2 in the minors with his win Tuesday. His earned-run average in the minors now sits at 4.34, as he's given up 27 hits and 14 earned runs in 29 innings pitched at the triple-A level this year.

The Bees (51-60) can use Bell's help. They were in last place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific North Division and 13 1/2 games out of first place in their division coming into Tuesday. Salt Lake is currently riding a four-game winning streak, however.

Fernando Valenzuela Jr. (St. Francis High, 2000) Leones de Yucatan designated hitter: The 2011 season will go down as the best one Valenzuela has experienced in his five years in the Mexican League.

Valenzuela was named a Mexican League All-Star for the first time this year. He hit .359 (125 for 348), which was the sixth-best mark in the league and his personal best by six points in his seven minor league seasons.

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