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First Pitch: What Are the Expectations For Josh Bell in 2013?

First Pitch: What Are the Expectations For Josh Bell in 2013?

Josh Bell lost a year last year, and in the process, fell off all of the national top 100 lists. Every Pirates top 10 list that I've seen has Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson ahead of Bell after those two had breakout seasons while Bell was out with his injury. So what can we expect in 2013 from Bell, after he missed the majority of the 2012 season?

First, I don't think that the lost season is overly damaging. Bell was a bit older than the average high schooler in his first pro season. He was 19 at the start of the year last year, and turned 20 in August. By comparison, fellow 2011 draft pick Clay Holmes doesn't turn 20 for another month. Tyler Glasnow doesn't turn 20 until August. While Bell is a bit older than those other 2011 prep picks, he was also starting out ahead of them. The placement in West Virginia was aggressive -- although it's one of those situations where you expect a top player to receive an aggressive placement, which makes the placement seem less aggressive than it...

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