Bell
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.262
HR
8
RBI
54
R
60
SB
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Long considered a hit over power first baseman, Bell uprooted that narrative last season with 26 long balls and just a .255 average. He finished with a .211 ISO, which ranked 52nd among qualified hitters, with 11 of his home runs coming at PNC in a bottom-eight park for hom... read more
Long considered a hit over power first baseman, Bell uprooted that narrative last season with 26 long balls and just a .255 average. He finished with a .211 ISO, which ranked 52nd among qualified hitters, with 11 of his home runs coming at PNC in a bottom-eight park for homers. However, his flyball rate was just over 30 percent while his HR/FB was inflated at 19.1 percent; it's hard to bet on him repeating that level of power production next season. Further, while Bell made consistent contact, walked at an above-average rate and his BABIP was depressed, his xBA was identical to his actual batting average, so it's not a given that he gets a lot back in that department in 2018. There may very well be another level or two to his game, but it's unwise to assume he puts it all together and vaults into top-75 territory right away this season. It's better to instead keep expectations modest -- another $10-plus season in 15-team leagues -- with anything beyond that being a bonus.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: B    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 230 lbs.    DOB: 8/12/1992    College: None    Drafted: 2nd Rd in 2011Show Contract
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Josh Bell Contract Info:
Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
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August 13, 2018
Bell went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored against San Francisco on Sunday.
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2018 Stat Review for Josh Bell
0.66 BB/K
GREAT
11.8 % BB Rate
ELITE
17.7 % K Rate
GOOD
0.751 OPS
WEAK
0.346 OBP
GOOD
0.262 AVG
WEAK
0.306 BABIP
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Second Baseman
  1. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
  2. 1. AdamA. Frazier (L)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  5. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  6. 3. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
Third Baseman
  1. 1. ColinC. Moran (L)
  2. 2. DavidD. Freese (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
Shortstop
  1. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
  3. 2. KevinK. Newman (R)
  4. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  5. X. JoshJ. Harrison (R) Day-To-Day
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  1. Josh Bell 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Josh Bell 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Bell burst onto the scene in 2016, stroking a memorable grand slam off Chicago's Jake Arrieta in his first series just prior to the All-Star break. GM Neal Huntington then recalled Bell for good in August. Bell batted .273/.368/.406 in 152 plate appearances, though he hit just .167 in his final 47 at-bats. The 24-year-old played at first base but later saw time in right field. His defense is below average but his bat excites fantasy owners. The switch-hitter hit .324 with 13 homers and 41:55 BB:K in 359 Triple-A plate appearances, contending for the Triple Crown. He also showed excellent command of the strike zone in Pittsburgh, walking more times (21) than he struck out (19). Bell should start out on the strong side of a platoon with David Freese at first base, but given his pedigree and long-term upside as a hitter, he should eventually earn everyday at-bats and could have a breakout season.
  3. Josh Bell 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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 only seven homers in 572 plate appearances, however, and the Pirates need power from the first base position. The organization is hopeful the 23-year-old matures into 20-plus home run hitter annually, as his raw power grades out as above average, though potential .300 hitters have plenty of value regardless of home run-hitting ability. A former outfielder, Bell will likely begin 2016 at Triple-A Indianapolis, but he could be called up in late-April, once the Pirates have exacted an extra year of control over the promising prospect. The likes of John Jaso, Mike Morse and Jason Rogers do not exactly represent daunting roadblocks.
  4. Josh Bell 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Josh Bell 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Josh Bell 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Josh Bell 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Moves up in order Sunday
1BPittsburgh Pirates
August 13, 2018
Bell went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored against San Francisco on Sunday.
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Multiple hits Friday
1BPittsburgh Pirates
August 11, 2018
Bell went 3-for-5 with a double against the Giants on Friday.
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Lifts seventh homer
1BPittsburgh Pirates
August 9, 2018
Bell went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Giants.
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Returns to lineup Wednesday
1BPittsburgh Pirates
August 9, 2018
Bell went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout and walk in Wednesday's win over Colorado.
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Returns from disabled list
1BPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2018
Bell (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list as expected Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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