Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game has an update on Josh Bell, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ second round pick:
One interesting little note. Spoke to a solid source tonight that felt there was a 60% chance #Pirates second-rounder Josh Bell signs. #MLB
We’ve been hearing for awhile that there’s no chance of Bell signing, that he’s going to honor his commitment to Texas, and that he’s sincere with his desire of not wanting to turn pro. I have never really bought in to that. I think it would have been easy for him to remove himself from the draft class (there are rumors that he was offered, and his mother declined), and he has Scott Boras as his adviser. If you don’t want to turn pro, it makes little sense to have an adviser, and this whole thing sounds like a page right out of the Scott Boras handbook for driving up prices of draft picks.
It’s just one rumor from a “solid source”, but it’s definitely encouraging to hear, as Bell would be a huge addition to the Pirates’ system.