Bell had seen photos of the white, wooden structure called the Skyliner just beyond the right-field wall at Peoples Natural Gas Field, the
"It was cool to hear the people screaming on it during (batting practice)," the
Bell, who shredded pitching in the
The scouting reports note he is uncommonly poised and mature for a 21-year-old.
"He had a good upbringing," said
Green has watched Bell since he signed out of high school in 2011 as the most expensive (
"He has a good head on his shoulders, and he keeps things in perspective," Green said.
Batting third and wearing No. 35, Bell flied out to deep center, walked twice, struck out and scored a run in an 8-6 loss to
Bell declared his first Double-A experience "awesome."
"It was a lot of fun," he said."It was a different experience, but I felt I put myself in good positions to hit. I just couldn't really get anything to fall tonight.
"As a kid you know what Double-A and Triple-A are, and it's just one of my dreams coming true, a Double-A guy. And I'm excited to be so close to
Green and Bell chatted around the batting cage before the game. Green said the gist of what he told Bell was simple: "Do what you did (in Florida). Don't try to change anything."
What Bell did in
Bell, who surmounted a 2012 knee injury he suffered 15 games into his pro career, said he was pleased with how he played with
"I had my failures," he said. "I didn't hit a thousand."
Bell reunited with former
"He's fun to watch," Harlan said.
Harlan added that he expects Bell, a switch-hitter listed at 6-foot-2, 233 pounds, to exhibit more power at this level even though his new ballpark favors pitchers slightly.
Bell's stay with the
Polanco, despite recent rookie struggles, is considered to be the real deal in right field, which also is Bell's position. This has led to speculation about Bell's future. Will he eventually move to first base? Might he be traded?
Bell is aware of the chatter but tries to ignore it. Otherwise, "I might get a little bit crazy," he said. "You've got to be careful what you look at and what comes into your mind because it clutters you for the game.
Bell has been queried about first base "by reporters and stuff like that," he said, "but I've been the right fielder since I got drafted, and I'm still playing right field.
"I just want to be one of the guys in the lineup that pitchers fear and batters fear when I'm in the outfield."
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