NC Commitment Spotlight: McKinley Bell

By Brandon Hall
North Carolina Director of Scouting

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As we enter the second round of the state playoffs, college coaches are still working to fill their upcoming rosters.  This week 2018 McKinley Bell of The Christ School committed to Coach Smith and the Appalachian State baseball program.  Bell is currently ranked in PBR North Carolina’s 2018 class.  Bell attended the invite only Preseason All-State event in Charlotte this past January. 

McKinley Bell

Class of 2018 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: LHP
  • High School: Christ School
    State: NC
  • Summer Team: Evoshield Canes
  • Height: 6-1
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L


OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

Left handed hitter has an athletic build and flashes quickness in several phases.  At 6-foot-1, 165 pounds turned in a 4.00 thirty time.  Standing broad jump measured 8-foot-9.  In the box, works from a balanced setup with a smooth load back and short stride.  Better than average bat speed with a slightly uphill path tried to stay gap-to-gap.  Whippy bat through the zone that produced solid barrel awareness.  Occasional length in the swing.  Exit velocity tested at 81mph.  From the outfield, a left handed thrower with a high-3/4 slot.  Some head whip and looseness in the arm.  Flashed average accuracy on throws that measured 79mph out of the hand.