The Pittsburgh Pirates had several top candidates for the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year award. The race ultimately came down to three players, with Josh Bell, JaCoby Jones, and Keon Broxton putting up the best numbers out of all of the full-season players. In the end, Bell was chosen as the Pirates Prospects 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, making this the fourth year in a row that an outfielder has won the award.

The decision to go with Bell over Jones and Broxton was made with the decision to put less weight on Bell's Double-A numbers. Bell had a .335/.384/.502 line in 363 plate appearances with Bradenton, putting up better numbers at his original level than Broxton and Jones did at their levels. He eventually moved up to Altoona, where he had a .287/.343/.309 line in 102 ...

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