BRADENTON, Fla. - Josh Bell had many goals for his future MLB career when he was drafted. Some of those started to come true last year, as he became a regular, nine inning starter in the big leagues, and started to see his potential show up at the plate.
But there was one goal that he achieved that was incredibly special: He took his place in the order batting behind Andrew McCutchen.
"When I got drafted, that's a thing I had in the back of my head, whenever I'd get up to the big leagues, I'd protect Cutch," Bell said. "Watching him go on that run for a couple of months, and seeing him hit basically .500, it was awesome. Just getting the best seat in the house for that."
That goal might have been short-lived. Bell first hit behind McCutchen this past year on May 18th, and became a...
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