The Bells are excited to welcome left-handed pitcher Justin Thorsteinson, shortstop/second baseman A.J. Davis and catcher Bennett Lee to the 2021 roster.
“These are three extremely exciting additions to the Bells,” Bells general manager Stephanie Morrell said. “All come from excellent programs that the Bells have treasured relationships with. Each of these players are positioned to be key pieces of the 2021 roster.”
Thorsteinson is a freshman at Oregon State University and is originally from Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
He stands at 6-foot-2, 222-pounds and competed in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup for Team Canada in 2019.
“We have been familiar with Justin for some time, as he played his prep baseball just across the border in Langley and had a long-standing reputation for being a special player,” Morrell said. “He is known to be an exceptional talent and a fierce competitor. We are extremely excited to be adding Justin to the 2021 roster.”
Davis is a redshirt junior at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. In the shortened season of 2020, Davis registered a batting average of .294, slugging percentage of .365 and 14 RBI.
“A.J. was a player we were extremely excited about in 2020 so we were thrilled he was available to return to the Bells roster in 2021,” Morrell said. “A.J. is known for his athleticism, grit and stellar defense. He’s also very talented offensively and consistently hits for high average. A.J. is an exciting player who can really help the Bells and I know fans will love cheering for him this summer.”
Davis graduated from Clarkston High School in Clarkston, Wash. where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football.
Lee is a freshman at Tulane University. He is 6-foot, 207-pounds and graduated from Tampa Jesuit High School in his hometown of Tampa, Fla.
His high school team was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2020 and he was named a Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American.
“We are thrilled to be adding Bennett to the roster,” Morrell said. “There is a lot of excitement and optimism about the collegiate player he’ll be. As a prep athlete, Bennett proved himself as an excellent defensive catcher as well as a player who can hit with power and spark offense. Bennett adds great depth to our catching group, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Bellingham.”
All three Bells additions will add offensive power and defensive prowess to the Bells’ lineup.