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...
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