BRADENTON, Fla. - While the cut was expected and inevitable, Josh Bell finally had his name called on Friday, getting optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The first baseman will eventually return in a starting role one day for the Pirates, but still has some development before he's ready.
Bell showed some strong development at the plate in 2015 with Indianapolis. He hit .345 in 35 games with a .946 OPS. This all came after continued adjustments throughout the year to his leg kick, with the final adjustment in Triple-A leading to the stronger results.
The biggest thing Bell will need to work on in Indianapolis will be his fielding. He is in his second full season as a first baseman, although Bell certainly sees the progression there from where he was a year ago.
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