BRADENTON, Fla. - One of the areas the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates struggled the most with was power on offense.

In that regard, one of the few bright spots of the 2017 campaign was the break out of first baseman Josh Bell.

Bell, now 25, was technically a rookie in his first full season in the majors last year, when he hit 26 home runs to finish second on the team.

Bell was always projected to be a hitter with some pop, but it didn’t always show until he reached the majors. The most home runs he’d hit in a season before 2017 was 17 across two levels in 2016. Before that, he had 13 in his first full professional season.

The fact that Bell developed his power so close to his arrival in the majors makes his future power somewhat difficult to project.

Do 26 home runs represent an ou...

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