PITTSBURGH — There was no announcement or grand proclamation, but as of about two weeks ago, Josh Bell has been the Pirates everyday, all-day first baseman.

Bell, who had been frequently defensively substituted for at the beginning of his career, has played all nine innings in each of his last six starts, and they haven’t all been blowouts, either. He remained in the game through close victories against Miami and Colorado, and Friday night against Chicago as the Pirates took a one-run lead into the ninth.

If you missed the memo about Bell being an all-nine guy, don’t fell bad. Bell himself wasn’t aware of it, either.

“Clint mentioned something after the first (close) game (I finished), and I didn’t even realize,” Bell said. “You’re playing so much and you win and you lose. It’s aw...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.