This week we journey to the city of angels and look at three former Bells who have appeared in the Dodgers and Angels organizations.
Third baseman Kody Hoese and right-handed pitcher Nick Nastrini are currently playing within the Dodgers system.
Hoese was a Bell in 2017 as a rising sophomore from Tulane University and appeared in seven games, 21 at-bats with the Bells and batted .286. After his summer in Bellingham, he went on to complete an impressive career at Tulane.
In 2018, Hoese hit .291 as a junior and was drafted in the 35th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He opted out and returned Tulane for one more season to try and boost his draft stock. He did just that.
As a junior in 2019, Hoese batted .391 over 58 games and 235 at-bats including 23 home runs and 61 RBI. That summer he was selected as the 25th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hoese began his minor league career in 2019 with the Arizona Complex League (AZL) Dodgers and finished that season with the single-A-full-season affiliate Great Lakes Loons.
After not playing in 2020, he resumed play in 2021 with the AZL Dodgers and was moved up to the double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers at the end of the season.
Hoese was invited to the Dodgers spring training on March 11.
Nastrini played for the Bells in 2018 after graduating from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif. He appeared in 10 games, nine starts, and posted a 1.84 ERA over 49 innings pitched as a rising true freshman.
The following summer, Nastrini played for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod league and in 2020 he played for the Santa Barbara Foresters with Bells alumnus Matt McLain. The Foresters won the 2020 National Baseball Congress World Series.
After his junior year at UCLA, Nastrini was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Dodgers.
In his first season in the minors, Nastrini made six starts for the single-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and had an ERA of 2.08. He is slated to begin the 2022 season with the Quakes.
RHP Zach Grech is the only former Bell who was in the LA Angels system. Grech pitched for the Bells in 2017 as a rising sophomore from Stanford University and made 13 appearances that totaled 16 innings and a 3.78 ERA.
He utilized all five years of eligibility at Stanford from 2017-2021 and is tied for fourth in program history in career saves with 17.
The Angels signed Grech as a free agent to a minor-league contract in July 2021 and he pitched four innings with the AZL Angels before he retired and was placed on the voluntarily retired list as of August 24, 2021.