Josh Bell Could Create a Good Problem For the Pirates at First Base This Year

Josh Bell will need to show continued improvements at first base before arriving in the majors. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Josh Bell Could Create a Good Problem For the Pirates at First Base This Year

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.

"It is night and day ...

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Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

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