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Josh Bell

23-Year-Old First Baseman – Pittsburgh Pirates

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Bell is somewhat of an enigma. The 6-foot-2, 233-pounder produced a sterling .317/.393/.446 line split between Double-A and Triple-A while exhibiting tremendous plate discipline (65:65 K:BB). He hit o...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 237   DOB: 8/12/1992   BORN: Irving, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   

May 26, 2016  –  Josh Bell News

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Bell, 23, is batting .382 with one home run and six RBI over his last 10 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 19 A WES 15 66 62 6 17 6 5 0 1 11 1 0 2 21 0 2 0 .274 .288 .403 .691
2013 20 A WES 119 519 459 75 128 52 37 2 13 76 1 2 52 90 0 5 3 .279 .353 .453 .806
2014 21 A+ BRA 84 363 331 45 111 33 20 4 9 53 5 4 25 43 4 1 2 .335 .384 .502 .886
2014 21 AA ALT 24 102 94 13 27 2 2 0 0 7 4 1 8 12 0 0 0 .287 .343 .309 .652
2015 22 AA ALT 96 426 368 47 113 28 17 6 5 60 7 4 44 50 3 9 2 .307 .376 .427 .803
2015 22 AAA IND 35 145 121 20 42 12 7 3 2 18 2 0 21 15 0 2 1 .347 .441 .504 .945
2016 23 AAA IND 76 331 288 42 91 33 18 4 11 47 1 6 38 52 0 1 4 .316 .402 .521 .923
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2012 19 A WES 66 62 3% 31.8% 0.10 66% .400 .129
2013 20 A WES 519 459 10% 17.3% 0.58 80% .323 .174
2014 21 A+ BRA 363 331 6.9% 11.8% 0.58 87% .366 .167
2014 21 AA ALT 102 94 7.8% 11.8% 0.67 87% .329 .022
2015 22 AA ALT 426 368 10.3% 11.7% 0.88 86% .345 .120
2015 22 AAA IND 145 121 14.5% 10.3% 1.40 88% .385 .157
2016 23 AAA IND 331 288 11.5% 15.7% 0.73 82% .356 .205
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Bell, 23, is hitting .290/.385/.450 with three home runs and 17 RBI through 26 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.

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The Pirates haven't ruled out Bell as an outfield option in the event of an injury to one of their starters, Pirates Prospects reports. “He has the outfield in his back pocket," GM Neal Huntington noted. "We still want to spend all of our time and energy on first base. He is showing signs of getting better, and will give us more options.”

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Bell hit for the cycle Friday -- going 4-for-5 with five RBI -- giving him three home runs in his last seven games.

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The Pirates reassigned Bell to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. "For me, it's becoming the best player I can be no matter where I'm playing," Bell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "If it's in Triple-A all year I have to continue to grow and be better for it. If I do get that call this year I want to be ready for it."

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Bell is 1-for-9 with a double and three RBI through his first four Grapefruit League games. He's also drawn a pair of walks.

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Bell will open 2016 without a specific timetable to the major leagues. "I'm not going to put a time frame on him," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "But there's a lot of good things happening with Josh."

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2015

Bell compiled an overall line of .325/.375/.459 and was named Pittsburgh's top minor league hitter of the year in 2014. The organization moved Bell to first base from the outfield for the Arizona Fall League, with fairly disappointing results. The Pirates have sought help at first and the 22-year-old switch-hitter projects as a possible long-term solution. Unfortunately, after a rough AFL both in the field (five errors) and at the plate (zero homers), the organization must wonder whether the 6-foot-2, 235 pounder will ever hit for power. Bell went deep just nine times in 465 plate appearances split between High-A (nine homers in 363 PA) and Double-A (zero homers in 102 PA). He's already dealt with knee injuries on multiple occasions, but if he finds a power stroke, the Bucs will most likely fast track him to the majors.

2014

Bell may have taken a back seat to some of Pittsburgh's other prospects for the last year or so, but make no mistake - his power potential is for real. After being limited to 15 games due to a knee injury in 2012, the switch-hitting corner outfielder began to find his way last summer. Bell posted a .279/.353/.453 line in 459 at-bats for Low-A West Virginia, to which he added 37 doubles, 13 homers, and 76 RBI. Pittsburgh might not promote the second-round draft pick swiftly, if only because the 21-year-old missed nearly all of 2012, but his offensive potential has the organization excited about his future. Owners in dynasty leagues should consider Bell, while most should track his progress. He's likely Pittsburgh's second-best offensive prospect behind Gregory Polanco.

2013

Bell entered 2012 as the team's brightest and best paid ($5 million bonus) offensive prospect in the low minors. He played in only 15 Low-A games, however, before suffering a knee injury that cost him his season -- not exactly the best way to start a pro career. Inflammation in his left knee lingered throughout the summer to the point that he was unable to participate in the fall Instructional League. Hopefully he'll find a way to get back on the field for 2013 because he's one of the organization's best power prospects. The switch-hitter, who remains years away from the majors, makes for a strong pickup in dynasty leagues assuming that he makes it back from his knee issues.

2012

Bell entered the 2011 draft as a player with immense power who seemed bent on foregoing the draft to enter college. His mother is a university professor, but the lure of first-round money at pick No. 61 proved to be too much for the switch-hitter to pass up. Bell immediately becomes the best power prospect in the Pirates system. He's thought to be average at best defensively, but has a chance to move up quickly an offensively-challenged organizational ladder. His second-round, $5 million contract would've never happened under the new CBA, but Bell gives the small market Bucs a chance to cash in on a player who was universally ranked as a first-round talent.