15 Responses

  1. Brian
    Brian June 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm |

    he should give it up, i mean he kills right handed batters if he gave up switch hitting he would be in the majors now

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

      That’s possible, he’s struggling to hit righties right now, but you never know.

      1. The Oriole Way
        The Oriole Way June 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

        This is a qualitative question about which I have no insight (since I’m an outsider), but I think it’s very possible he’s spent a great deal of time and effort working to improve his right handed hitting, and that this was time he could have been practing his lefty stroke instead. Since there is nothing in his track record to suggest he can hit right handed at the next level, the sooner they allow him to focus on hitting left handed the better.

  2. The Oriole Way
    The Oriole Way June 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm |

    Woops, this sentence [While Bell has struggled against lefites so far this spring, it’s safe to say that he still profiles as an excellent hitting prospect from that side of the plate] should of course read “While Bell has struggled against righties so far this spring, it’s safe to say that he still profiles as an excellent hitting prospect from the left side of the plate.” My mistake.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm |

      No problem! Fixed it for you.

  3. Jordan
    Jordan June 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    The part that interests me is his strikeout rate against righties (batting LH), is actually worse that his strikeout rate against lefties (batting RH). I think this proves that he’s able to make contact while batting right handed, but, like you said, his swing isn’t as smooth which causes him to hit a ton of groundballs, no power.

    1. The Oriole Way
      The Oriole Way June 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm |

      This is true, though only marginally. His walk rate is slightly worse as a righty, too, so it is possible that his approach is also to blame; knowing he’s not as good right handed, he’s more aggressive early in the count and both walks and strikes out less frequently. Both splits are not big, however, and I haven’t run the significance tests on them.

      1. Jordan
        Jordan June 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm |

        That’s most likely true. Excellent point. With that said, it’s clear he needs to give it up.

  4. Avi M
    Avi M June 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm |

    If it would mean he can be up in Baltimore faster as a consistent hitter, then I am all for it.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm |

      The problem is he hasn’t been hitting righties very well.

    2. Jordan
      Jordan June 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm |

      I believe his OPS is in the .780s, which looks amazing next to his OPS against lefties.

  5. NYOrioleFan
    NYOrioleFan June 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm |

    Thanks for the timely analysis. Your point is well taken, since tonight Bell went 2 for 4 against right handed pitching (including a double and HR) and 0 for 1 against left handed pitching.

    By the way, tomorrow the Tides are on MLB Network at 12pm against Columbus.

    (This is my first post. Thanks for this great site.)

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm |

      No problem, The Oriole Way did an excellent job presenting the information/stats.

      Is there any special reason they are on MLB network? I’ll tune in. Thanks for the heads up!

      No problem, I appreciate the comment and I’m glad you enjoy the site.

  6. Greg Embert
    Greg Embert June 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm |

    So who makes the decision to end the switch hitting experiment? Does the player have the ultimate say as to whether he wants to continue to switch hit? Can the organization suggest, or even demand, that the player cease switch hitting. What do the Orioles think of Bell’s switch hitting efforts? Are they willing to continue to let him switch hit, or do they want Bell to hit from the left side exclusively?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

      Ultimately, that will be John Stockstill’s decision. The Orioles are going to let him switch hit until he proves that he isn’t capable of doing so at the major league level. This is just a hunch, but I believe the reason he is still switch hitting is because they have no intentions of bringing him up this season. They’re going to give him every chance to switch hit. If he can’t hit lefties at AAA he isn’t going to do it at the major league level. I definitely don’t think he’s ready for the majors.