After struggling to get many of their top prospects to the big leagues over the past few seasons, the Giants are bringing in a former postseason hero with the hopes of changing that.
The club on Friday announced the hiring of David Bell, a former Giants third baseman best remembered for scoring the game-winning run in the 2002 NLCS, as Vice President of Player Development. Bell will be transitioning to more of a front office role after spending most of his time as a coach since retiring in 2006. He spent the last three seasons as bench coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bell takes over the VP position previously held by Shane Turner, who has been reassigned as a special assistant to baseball operations. Giants general manager Bobby Evans called Bell a “perfect fit” given his experience over his 12-year big league career and the fact that he comes from a baseball family. David’s father, Buddy, currently serves as an assistant GM with the Chicago White Sox after managing in the big leagues for nine seasons. His brother, Mike, is also involved in baseball as Director of Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants are looking for Bell to also serve as a resource for their young prospects, as he is already in Arizona looking over the instructional league.
“We have to take a strong look at how we can get better and David comes with a lot of ideas and good thoughts on how to improve,” Evans said during a conference call. “The preparation. Maintaining health and strong effort. The collaboration from the physical side to defense and hitting. Looking at the whole player and trying to get most out of him. We have been challenged not only in 2017 but more recently trying to get some of these guys to big league level and want to offer every opportunity to get better.”
Bell will oversee the entire operations of all of the organization’s minor league clubs and have major influence on the process in which the Giants go about developing their players.
“He’ll oversee everything from hitting to pitching and strenghth and conditioning,” Evans said. “He’ll report to me, so he’ll have input on how close guys are to being ready to come up to majors. He’ll be overseeing all staff assignments and roles guys will play in working with our players. We think he can strengthen philosophies on hitting and pitching and make sure those are consistent throughout the minors.”
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