10/09/2018 9:25 AM
A total of 31 former Bellingham Bells have made it to the next level and appeared on or were active on an MLB affiliate roster in 2018. Below we will recap four former Bells on their past seasons as they continue to represent the Bells in the professionals!
Matt Bower - Inland Empire 66ers, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels - 2013 Bellingham Bell
After being drafted in the 23rd round to the Houston Astros, Bower spent 2015 to April 2018 in their organization. He joined the Los Angeles Angels in 2018 and was assigned to their Advanced-A affiliate where he is currently still active as a left-handed pitcher. Over his 6 different teams in the minors, Bower has recorded an ERA of 4.96 over 63 games, starting 37 of them. His overall record is 15-13 with 266 total strikeouts over his minor league career. The former Bell is still active with the Angels organization after the 2018 season.
David Banuelos - Cedar Rapids Kernels, Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins - 2016 Bellingham Bell
While David went in the 5th round to the Seattle Mariners and after a great season with the AquaSox, Banuelos was one of the trades the Mariners made to the Twins organization while Seattle was in the hunt for Shohei Ohtani. He made the jump to Full Season A in 2018 and appeared in 73 games behind the plate, with 259 at-bats, recording a batting average of .220. He knocked two homers with 22 total RBIs and is still active with the Twins, continuing to get better and reach the next level.
Tyler Palm - Elizabethtown Twins, Rookie Level affiliate of the Minnesota Twins - 2016 Bellingham Bell
A lengthy right-handed pitcher, Palm signed with the Minnesota Twins as a free agent in June 2018. He was sent to start his career in the Appalachian League Rookie level and started in 11 games. He went 2-2 over the 51 innings pitched, adding 45 K's to his stat line. He finished 2018 with an ERA of 4.06 and is still active with Minnesota.
Jon Olsen - GCL Twins, Rookie Level affiliate of the Minnesota Twins - 2016 Bellingham Bell
While Banuelos, Palm, and Olsen were teammates as Bells and are now all with the Minnesota Twins organization, Olsen, like Palm, is also at the Rookie Level, but in the Gulf Coast League. Unfortunately, Jon landed on the 60-day disabled list during most of the 2018 season, but he is still active with the Twins.
Overall, the West Coast League has produced 293 former players in the pro baseball sphere during the 2018 season. To see a full list of those players, click here.