It's only a matter of time for prospect after his impressive debut with the club on Wednesday.
The switch-hitting Bell hit two home runs, each from opposite sides of the plate, during the Orioles Spring Training game against the .
Bell, who plays third base in the minors, was acquired by the Orioles from the in the deal last season.
Bell hit 20 home runs with a .295 AVG and .376 OBP in 127 games last season split between AA teams for the Orioles and Dodgers.
Though he appears ready for the majors, there are many hurdles in Bell's way. The Orioles finished their busy offseason by signing 1B/3B and 3B/SS to fill holes in their infield The current lineup puts Tejada at third base with Atkins patrolling first.
The Orioles seem to have little faith in Bell at this point after making such big additions during the offseason. The negative against Bell is his poor fielding abilities with his career third base fielding percentage standing at a paltry 89.5%.
Obviously the Orioles are not going to move Tejada (.971 career fielding %) out of the infield for Bell but how long can they seriously expect to compete with ' bat in the lineup? Tejada could be moved to short once Bell is ready for the big-leagues.
Don't expect Bell to break camp with the club, but don't be surprised to see him up in the majors by June. Keeper league owners need to pick him up once he gets the call, if not before.