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Prospect Highlights: Josh Bell Extends Streak, Cole Tucker Double, Orlando Castro vs Colin Moran

Prospect Highlights: Josh Bell Extends Streak, Cole Tucker Double, Orlando Castro vs Colin Moran
John Dreker

Josh Bell extended his hit streak to 12 games on Wednesday night when he collected this double in the sixth inning. Bell has a .332/.382/.516 slash line through 71 games with Bradenton and he was recently named to the Future’s Game. He is third in the FSL in hits, OPS and RBIs, second in slugging percentage and tied for fifth in doubles.

On Wednesday afternoon, Pirates first round draft pick Cole Tucker collected his first extra-base hit as a pro. He doubled in the first inning, then scored on a double by Carlos Munoz. The GCL Pirates had five straight hits in that first inning, four went for extra bases. Tucker is 2-for-9 early in his career. Below is video courtesy of LetsGoMarauders, posted on their GCL Pirates fan page.

Orlando Castro pitched a gem on Wednesday, throwing seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks. Below is video of Castro facing four different batters, finishing with a match-up against 2013 first round pick Colin Moran. Castro had two starts earlier this month in which he allowed a combined 12 runs over 8.1 innings. In his other 13 outings combined, he has a 2.29 ERA.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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