02/01/2021 3:35 PM
Bells Add Two from Stetson University
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Bellingham Bells are excited to welcome right-handed pitcher/infielder Jovan Gill and outfielder Raheem Salmon from Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
“Year in and year out, the Stetson program has sent fantastic players and individuals to Bellingham and that looks to be the case again for the 2021 season,” Bells head coach Adam Geaslen said.
Gill is a freshman and graduated from Southwest Florida Christian Academy in Fort Myers, Fla. He played for the DeLand Suns in the Florida Collegiate League this past summer of 2020 where he had six outings on the mound and ended with a 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts.
“Jovan is a true two-way player that we are excited to add to our roster this summer,” Geaslen said. “He is a power right-handed pitcher with an excellent slider and change-up to round out his arsenal of pitches. Jovan definitely shows the ability to create a lot of swing and miss. He is a solid defender that moves well over at 1B and looks to be an impact left-handed bat in the middle of our lineup.”
Gill posted a .222 batting average with eight RBI while with the Suns. In 2018 he was the No. 4 ranked prospect in the state of Kansas where he began his prep career.
Raheem Salmon is a redshirt freshman who graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also saw summer league action with the Mandan Flickertails in the Northwoods league where he had seven hits, one home run and six RBI in 15 games.
"Raheem is an exceptionally talented athlete that can impact the game on many levels,” Geaslen said. “He is a skilled right-handed hitter that looks to utilize the entire field within his approach. Raheem has the ability to play all three outfield positions as he possesses plus speed that will create chaos for the defense when he is on base.”
Salmon’s senior performance at St. Thomas Aquinas earned him team Offensive Player of the Year honors with a .382 batting average and 27 RBI and nine stolen bases.
“The Bells are very much looking forward to having these two outstanding young men coming to Bellingham for the 2021 season,” Geaslen said.
About the Bellingham Bells:
The Bellingham Bells are a summer, wood bat, collegiate baseball team that plays in the West Coast League (www.westcoastleague.com). The Bells play their home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and their field staff includes Adam Geaslen (Head Coach), Jim Clem (Assistant Coach/Pitching), David Higuera (Assistant Coach) and Haydan Hastings (Assistant Coach). Former Bells players who have spent time in Major League Baseball include: Jeff Francis (Cincinnati Reds), Kevin Richardson (Texas Rangers), Ty Taubenheim (Toronto Blue Jays) and Marc Rzepczynski (Seattle Mariners).