Analysis

Josh Bell’s Power Continues Emerging in a Big Way in Pirates’ 6-1 Win

Josh Bell is seeing his power translate to the big leagues this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
Josh Bell’s Power Continues Emerging in a Big Way in Pirates’ 6-1 Win

PITTSBURGH — It’s easy to look at Josh Bell and think he’s a prototypical power hitter. He has a big, 230-pound frame. He’s a switch hitter with a classic power profile from the left side. He plays first base — a premium offensive position.

In his short major-league career, when he gets ahold of the Ball, he’s done some eye-popping things, flipping 400-foot home runs out of PNC Park with ease. He clearly looks the part. But sometimes, looks can be deceiving.

So far, the all-power caricature of Bell was just that. His moonshots, while stunning, were few and far between, with just three in 152 plate appearances last year. His ISO was .133 — hardly he mark of a premier power bat.

His minor-league numbers don’t reveal prodigious power, either. Before 2016, his biggest home run year wa...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

More in Analysis

Tyler Glasnow Doesn’t Have Many Answers After Last Night’s Struggles Out of the Bullpen

Alan SaundersSeptember 21, 2017

Pirates Beat the Brewers on Adam Frazier’s Walk-Off Homer

Alan SaundersSeptember 20, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Steven Brault and Tyler Glasnow Get the Piggyback Treatment

Alan SaundersSeptember 20, 2017

Steven Brault is the Pirates Prospects 2017 Minor League Pitcher of the Year

Tim WilliamsSeptember 20, 2017

Trevor Williams Continues Getting Strikeouts, But Offense Doesn’t Show Up in Pirates Loss

Alan SaundersSeptember 19, 2017

Pirates Notebook: Hurdle Hopes Pirates Learn from Monday’s Mistakes

Alan SaundersSeptember 19, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects