One of the big storylines in the minor league system this year will be Josh Bell’s move to first base. If successful, Bell turns into the first baseman of the future, with the chance to arrive in Pittsburgh at some point during the 2016 season. I wrote last week about how Bell’s move to first could solve his drop in power from the 2014 season. He saw a drop off in his power at the end of the year, and said that was due to fatigue. The move to first base allowed him to add more muscle, and will also be easier on him, since he will have a reduced workload compared to what he’d see in the outfield.
Yesterday I showed a video of Bell, Austin Meadows, and JaCoby Jones taking batting practice. Today I was able to see Bell taking fielding drills at first base. The quick video below shows a few of the defensive drills and how Bell looked today.