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Top 10 Hitters: Could Josh Bell Be in Line For a Promotion Soon?

Top 10 Hitters: Could Josh Bell Be in Line For a Promotion Soon?

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates' farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates' minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart.

*Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas for runs created. For these purposes the basic formula is used. That formula is ((H + BB) * (1B + (2*2B) + (3*3B) + (4*HR))) / (AB + BB).

The Top Ten
1. Josh Bell, OF - Josh Bell was on a hot streak leading up to the FSL All-Star break. He went 6-for-13 with a double and three homers, giving him nine on the season. The more important thing with Bell is that he's starting to hit left-handers. In my writeup on May 26th, I noted that he had a .620 OPS against lefties. He's currently sitting at a .797 OPS after a s...

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