Josh Bell, who is having a breakout season in Bradenton this year, will be promoted to Altoona. This is according to his teammate, Barrett Barnes.
Bell just participated in the Future’s Game yesterday, then returned to play with the Marauders tonight. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, and drive in the eventual winning run tonight, prior to the promotion. Bell had a .333/.380/.495 line in 327 at-bats in high-A, before tonight’s game. He struggled early in the year against lefties, but has turned that around, and now has an .859 OPS against left-handers on the season.
The jump to Altoona will be a good challenge for Bell’s bat. It could also propel him up the prospect ranks. He was rated a top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The jump to Double-A is the most difficult for a hitter, and if he continues this hitting at the higher level, it will lower the risk involved with projecting him to the majors, and raise his stock.