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Crescenta Valley High's Trevor Bell fares well in short-lived promotion

Baseball: Despite keeping spotless earned-run average in tact, former Falcon is sent back to double-A after two outings.

July 10, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Trevor Bell, a Crescenta Valley High graduate and former member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has been next to perfect in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Trevor Bell, a Crescenta Valley High graduate and former… (Courtesy of Mark…)

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

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) Pensacola Blue Wahoos pitcher: It was only a matter of time until Bell got bumped up in the Cincinnati Reds organization. A spotless run in Pensacola at the double-A level earned him a promotion to the triple-A Louisville Bats.

Despite keeping a perfect earned-run average, Bell’s stay at triple-A was short-lived. He received the call to the next level on June 29 and after making two relief appearances was optioned back to double-A Pensacola on July 4.

Bell recorded a hold in his first outing with the Bats on June 30. He threw 1 1/3 innings of spotless relief, not allowing a base runner, and notching a strikeout, in the team’s 4-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

With two outs and runners at the corners, Bell got a big test in the eighth inning of another game with Indianapolis on July 2. After falling behind, 2-0, to the first batter, the Crescenta Valley High graduate gave up a run-scoring double to the Indians’ Alex Presley.

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He then hit a batter to load the bases before inducing a fly-out to center to end the inning. Bell was kept in to pitch the ninth and gave up a leadoff walk and two hits before dancing out of danger to keep his perfect ERA in tact.

Since returning to the Blue Wahoos, Bell has made two appearances and been as dominant as ever. He’s pitched two innings in two appearances — July 4 and on Monday. He recorded his fourth save of the year — giving up just a single and striking out a batter — in a 2-1 win over the Jackson Generals July 4. He didn’t allow a base runner in a 3-2 loss to the Generals Monday.

On the year in Pensacola, Bell has allowed nine runners (five hits, four walks) for a 0.73 WHIP in eight appearances and 12 1/3 innings. He has 14 strikeouts this season.

In the second half of the Southern League South Division season, the Blue Wahoos were tied for fourth place with a 9-11 record coming into Wednesday’s game with the Montgomery Biscuits.

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) Winston-Salem Dash outfielder: Finally, De Pinto is getting an extended look in Winston-Salem and had a chance to show what he can offer a team.

After being used cautiously for the first two-and-a-half months of the season, the St. Francis High graduate has played the past 11 days for the Dash.

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