Vice President, Player Development
Mike Bell enters his 13th season with the D-backs, 27th in professional baseball and third as Vice President, Player Development. In his current role, Bell oversees and maintains relationships with the organization's affiliates, manages the coordinators and coaching staffs, and handles player acquisitions and transactions.
Bell spent the previous 6 seasons as the Director of Player Development before being promoted to his current position in November 2016. In 8 seasons overseeing D-backs affiliates, 31 clubs have made playoff appearances and 8 have claimed league championships, including Reno's 2012 Triple-A Championship. In 2014, the D-backs had a franchise record-setting 5 postseason teams.
During his 9-year tenure at the helm of the club's Player Development, 42 homegrown players have made their Major League debut with the D-backs.
The Cincinnati, OH native began his post-playing career in 2007 as the manager of Short-Season Yakima and spent three seasons as a minor league skipper, including two at Single-A Visalia (2008-09). Overall, he compiled a 131-146 record as a manager before being promoted to Minor League Field Coordinator in 2010.
A first-round selection (30th overall) of the Rangers in 1993, Bell played parts of 13 Minor League seasons (1993-2005), hitting .265 with 135 homers and 684 RBI in the Rangers, Mets, Reds, Rockies, D-backs, White Sox and Cardinals' organizations.
In 1997, he was selected by the D-backs as an original expansion pick (No. 55 overall) and in 2000, he reached the Major Leagues with the Reds, hitting .222 (6-for-27) with 2 homers and 4 RBI in 19 games.
Bell comes from a three-generation baseball family, as his grandfather, Gus, was a member of the Pirates in 1950 and his father, Buddy, had an 18-year playing career during which he was a 5-time AL All-Star and 6-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winner as well as a big league manager for 9 seasons. His brother, David, spent 11 seasons in the Majors with 6 teams and was recently named manager of the Cincinnati Reds while another brother, Ricky, was a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers in 1997.
He earned his bachelor's degree in business management from University of Phoenix in 2010.
Bell resides in Chandler, Ariz. with his wife, Kelly, and three children, Luke, Mikayla and Madeline.