Chad Bell

Position: LHP
Born: 02/28/89
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
Acquired: Acquired via trade from the Rangers on May 3, 2016, for C Bobby Wilson (DET). Originally drafted in the 14th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TEX).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
1-2 with a 1.25 ERA in four starts at Toledo (Triple-A), striking out 25 while walking seven in 21 2/3 innings and allowing 18 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Toledo May 2 when RHP Joe Jimenez was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 05/10/17

Debut Details
May 10, in a 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. The last of three pitchers, he tossed one hitless inning, walking one and striking out one. Coming on for right-handed reliever Anibal Sanchez to start the eighth inning, he threw 15 pitches, 10 for strikes. After A.J. Pollock lined out to center field to start the inning, Chris Owings reached on a throwing error by third baseman Nick Castellanos, reaching third base, and Bell then issued Paul Goldschmidt an intentional walk to set up a force play. After Jake Lamb struck out swinging for the second out, Yasmany Thomas grounded out to second base to end the threat.

Player Notes
Chadwick Micah Bell was originally drafted by the Rangers out of Walters State Community College (motto: "The Great Smoky Mountains Community College") and becomes just the second alumnus to make it to the big leagues, joining RHP Ryan Kelly, who pitched in 17 games for the Braves in 2015. On and off the temporarily inactive list over the last few years, and after missing all of 2013 due to injury, he's come on strong in 2017 after going 11-4 with a 3.29 ERA in 33 games, 12 of them starts, between Toledo and, before that Round Rock (Triple-A) before his trade to the Tigers, striking out 88 and walking 43 in 98 1/3 innings. 2080's Emily Waldon, who covers the Tigers minor league system, lauded his boost in consistency to start the year at Toledo, as his SO/9 has risen from 9.5 last year to 10.7 in the early going of 2017, while his ERA has dipped a quarter of a run. He does better when he can keep the ball down, and if he can stay ahead in the count. Of his 25 strikeouts, 19 have come against right-handed hitters.