Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Hits First Home Run


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (0-0, 2.25) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (0-1, 4.91) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.296) - 1-for-4

4. Josh Bell, RF (.269) - 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.273) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (0-0, 27.00) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (1-1, 3.09) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.269) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Brandon Boggs (3), Jordy Mercer (1), Josh Bell (1), Gregory Polanco (1)


Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 6

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (1-1, 3.09) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.286) – 1-for-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Boggs, RF (.250) – 1-for-3, BB, HR

Eric Fryer, C (.450) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jeremy Farrell, 3B-1B (.176) – 2-for-4

Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.286) – 2-for-4, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (11.57) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game story.


Altoona was postponed due to rain.


Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 10, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: A.J. Burnett, RHP (0-2, 8.53) – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.208) – 3-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.182) – 2-for-4

Tyler Waldron, RHP (5.40) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: A.J. Burnett made a rehab start, and was knocked out in the second inning. Palm Beach scored nine runs in the inning. Burnett gave up a double, a single, and a double to lad off the inning. He followed that with a strikeout, but a wild pitch allowed the runner to reach. Another double and a single brought in two more runs. Burnett got a ground out and a strikeout, which would have ended the inning with five runs if it hadn’t been for the wild pitch. After hitting a batter and walking another batter, Jason Townsend was brought in. Townsend got a grounder to third base, but Stefan Welch threw the ball away, allowing two more runs to score.

Tyler Waldron later came on to pitch in relief, and had four strong innings. Alex Dickerson entered the game with two hits in 20 at-bats on the season, but went 3-for-4 tonight.


Box Score

Result: Asheville 10, West Virginia 6

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (1-1, 6.75) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Bell, RF (.269) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.292) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Jose Osuna, 1B (.280) – 2-for-4

Trent Stevenson, RHP (1.80) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Josh Bell hit his first professional home run tonight on a ball that reportedly carried out of the ballpark. Gregory Polanco also homered, his first of the 2012 season. This was originally Stetson Allie’s spot in the rotation, although he remains out with tightness in his elbow due to the cold weather. Mike Jefferson made the start instead, and was roughed up early. Trent Stevenson came on in relief and had a good outing.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 3-3

AA: Altoona Curve – 3-2

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 2-4

A: West Virginia Power – 1-6

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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