Astros History: Derek Bell

Unknown date, 1992; Dunedin, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Derek Bell poses for a spring training portrait prior to the 1992 season. Mandatory Credit: US PRESSWIRE

Game 104 brings us a look at Derek Bell, one of the original Killer B's.

Bell started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays who had drafted him in the second round of the 1987 amateur draft. He would make a quick stop in San Diego before being traded to the Astros in 12 player deal that included Doug Brocail, Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley.

At the age of 26, In his first year with Houston, he hit for a 126 OPS+ which breaks down into a .334/.385/.442 in 499 plate appearances. He followed that up with OPS+ seasons of 98, 107, 125 and 67. He would be traded along with Mike Hampton to the New York Mets for Kyle Kessel, Roger Cedeno and Octavio Dotel.

In five seasons with Houston he would posted 770 hits, 74 of which were homeruns. He stole a 102 bases, while being caught only 28 times. He posted a 104 OPS+ in those five years and the reason why he was highlighted today.

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