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Josh Bell RF

Pittsburgh Pirates

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Pirates prospect Josh Bell still working on transition to first base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates top-100 prospect Josh Bell might not have great power numbers at Double-A Altoona in 2015, but he is still having a pretty good year offensively.

The 22-year-old prospect is batting .312 with a .380 on-base percentage and .811 OPS in 80 games. However, he has just four home runs and a .431 slugging percentage.

The 2011 second-round pick has totaled six triples, 13 doubles, 51 RBI, 38 runs, five stolen bases, 37 walks and 40 strikeouts.

After beginning his career as a right fielder, Bell has primarily played at first base in 2015. He has started 70 games at first base and nine at DH. Although, he has had some defensive issues at first base, committing 13 errors.

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Pirates giving prospect Josh Bell shot at first base in AFL
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Pirates are determined to find out if premier prospect Josh Bell can fill their longstanding hole at first base. That's why he's playing that position in the Arizona Fall League.

Bell split the first 10 games at designated hitter and first base, where he has already committed four fielding errors. His unfamiliarity with the position has proven problematic.

"Getting to feel overall comfortable has been the biggest challenge," Bell told MLB.com. "I'm sure that will come with reps. When I get more playing time, I'll be able to just run with it, react. It's definitely something different. You're a lot more active. It keeps you more in the game, always on your toes."

Bell is coming off another strong year offensively, batting .325 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and nine stolen bases at the Class A Advanced and Double-A levels combined.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/235
Birthdate:
8/14/1992
Age:
23
Hometown:
Irving, TX
Bats/Throws:
S/R
Team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
College:

MLB Experience:
0
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