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Josh Bell
Birthdate: 8/14/1992 (24 y, 7 m, 14 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/235     Position: 1B/OF
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 1, Overall: 61, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Reported: 2/15/2015  Risk: 2  ETA: 2016  Team Rank: NA  Positional Rank: NA  Overall Rank: NA
HitGamePowerRawPowerSpeedFieldThrowsFuture Value
30 / 5530 / 5555 / 5540 / 4040 / 45+55 / 5550
RotoWire News: Bell, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, has two hits in 27 at-bats in Grapefruit League action. (3/25/2017)
Profiles:  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Entering 2016 Josh Bell was touted as a first base prospect with an above average hit tool, burgeoning power, and an advanced approach strong enough to help him contribute to the Pirates lineup sooner rather than later. For the most part, that is exactly what Bell demonstrated last year in his 45-game sample, hitting a pinch-hit grand slam in his second MLB plate appearance and finishing his season hitting .273/.368/.406. Most impressive was his 1.1 walk-to-strikeout rate, which ranked him second in baseball (minimum 100 PA) behind Ben Zobrist and makes his value climb all the more in leagues where he also qualifies as an outfielder (14 games started). The mature approach and early ability to hit to the opposite field (43%) suggest significant upside could come quickly, and scouts have always imagined power will be part of the long term package. One key to Bell’s 2017 fantasy value will be his defense: he was barely passable at 1B and his defense in the outfield was arguably worse, so a full season of at bats could be tricky considering possible platoon-mate David Freese had a .407 wOBA vs. LHP last season, and the Pirates are prone to maximizing matchups both offensively and defensively. Regardless of playing time, Bell is a great young target in OBP leagues (he won’t offer much speed) that could ultimately develop into a .280 AVG, 20+ home run type in full time at bats. He had knee surgery in early-February for a “loose body”, but he returned ahead of schedule and appears on track for Opening Day. (Trey Baughn)

The Quick Opinion: Bell will play most of 2017 at the age of 24 and is slated to be the starting 1B for the Pirates heading into the spring. His strong scouting pedigree (he’ll rank among the very best 1B prospects in the game) suggests big long term upside, but his ability to improve his defense and hit left-handed pitching will be the key indicators that will help him raise his profile and earn more playing time. He won’t be a finished product in 2017, but as with many high profile prospects, his maturation and development could come rapidly.

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SeasonTeamGPAHRRRBISBBB%K%ISOBABIPAVGOBPSLGwOBAwRC+BsROffDefWAR
2012Pirates (A)1566161113.0 %31.8 %.129.381.274.288.403.30884    
2013Pirates (A)119519137576110.0 %17.3 %.174.319.279.353.453.369131    
2014Scorpions (R)2397097212.4 %13.4 %.095.254.214.320.310.30680    
2014Pirates (A+)843639455356.9 %11.8 %.166.364.335.384.502.403153    
2014Pirates (AA)24102013747.8 %11.8 %.021.329.287.343.309.30586    
2015Pirates (AA)9642654760710.3 %11.7 %.120.335.307.376.427.362130    
2015Pirates (AAA)3514522018214.5 %10.3 %.157.377.347.441.504.427174    
2016Pirates (AAA)114484145760311.8 %15.3 %.173.328.295.382.468.379143    
2016Pirates4515231819013.8 %12.5 %.133.294.273.368.406.339113-1.80.7-8.9-0.4
2017Depth Charts119500126058410.2 %14.8 %.150.304.275.351.426.334109-0.94.9-8.81.2
2017Steamer121514126157610.0 %14.9 %.144.312.280.355.425.336111-0.66.2-11.71.1
2017Fans (18)136596157172512.1 %13.8 %.155.307.282.369.437.347118-0.213.3-18.51.4
2017ZiPS147612157374410.5 %14.7 %.156.296.270.347.426.332108-1.64.5-13.61.1
Total- - -4515231819013.8 %12.5 %.133.294.273.368.406.339113-1.80.7-8.9-0.4

SeasonTeamGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2012Pirates (A)15626617115016112021020310.274
2013Pirates (A)11945951912876372137576521903501012.279
2014Scorpions (R)23849718108009712013100221.214
2014Pirates (A+)843313631117820494553251432141154.335
2014Pirates (AA)249410227252001378012000141.287
2015Pirates (AA)963684261138517654760444502931174.307
2015Pirates (AAA)351211454230732201821215120420.347
2016Pirates (AAA)11442148412483234145760578744201737.295
2016Pirates451281523524803181921019030401.273
2017Depth Charts1194405001218322412605851574352 44.275
2017Steamer1214535141278923312615752676343 64.280
2017Fans (18)1365155961451002551571727268236  52.282
2017ZiPS14753761214597276157374646903711845.270
Total- - -451281523524803181921019030401.273

SeasonTeamBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOSpdBABIPUBRwGDPwSBwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2012Pirates (A)3.0 %31.8 %0.10.274.288.403.691.1293.9.381  0.17-1.3.30884
2013Pirates (A)10.0 %17.3 %0.58.279.353.453.806.1743.0.319  -1.17918.6.369131
2014Scorpions (R)12.4 %13.4 %0.92.214.320.310.629.0953.6.254  0.010-2.4.30680
2014Pirates (A+)6.9 %11.8 %0.58.335.384.502.886.1664.5.364  -0.76321.8.403153
2014Pirates (AA)7.8 %11.8 %0.67.287.343.309.652.0214.7.329  0.310-1.6.30586
2015Pirates (AA)10.3 %11.7 %0.88.307.376.427.803.1205.3.335  -0.26114.1.362130
2015Pirates (AAA)14.5 %10.3 %1.40.347.441.504.946.1576.1.377  0.22711.3.427174
2016Pirates (AAA)11.8 %15.3 %0.77.295.382.468.850.1733.4.328  -2.37422.4.379143
2016Pirates13.8 %12.5 %1.11.273.368.406.775.1331.7.294-1.1-0.2-0.5212.7.339113
2016Average8.2 %21.1 %0.39.255.322.417.739.1624.9.300     .318 
2017Depth Charts10.2 %14.8 %0.69.275.351.426.777.1504.1.3040.1 -1.0656.4.334109
2017Steamer10.0 %14.9 %0.68.280.355.425.780.1443.8.3120.1 -0.8687.4.336111
2017Fans (18)12.1 %13.8 %0.88.282.369.437.806.1554.2.307  -0.28414.2.347118
2017ZiPS10.5 %14.7 %0.71.270.347.426.773.1564.0.296  -1.6796.8.332108
Total- - -13.8 %12.5 %1.11.273.368.406.775.1331.7.294-1.1-0.2-0.5212.7.339113

SeasonTeamGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%
2016Pirates1.7521.4 %50.0 %28.6 %9.4 %9.4 %7.1 %0.0 %22.3 %34.8 %42.9 %22.3 %44.6 %33.0 %
Total- - -1.7521.4 %50.0 %28.6 %9.4 %9.4 %7.1 %0.0 %22.3 %34.8 %42.9 %22.3 %44.6 %33.0 %

SeasonTeamGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2016Pirates5632243400246371617
Total- - -5632243400246371617

SeasonTeamWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIphLIPHWPA/LIClutch
2016Pirates-0.23-2.672.443.620.381.041.19120.11-0.34
Total- - --0.23-2.672.443.620.381.041.19120.11-0.34

SeasonTeamFB%SL%CT%CB%CH%SF%KN%XX%
2016Pirates56.1% (93.0)11.0% (85.0)4.4% (89.4)10.0% (78.7)16.9% (84.0)1.6% (86.6)  
Total- - -56.1% (93.0)11.0% (85.0)4.4% (89.4)10.0% (78.7)16.9% (84.0)1.6% (86.6)  

SeasonTeamFA%FT%FC%FS%FO%SI%SL%CU%KC%EP%CH%SC%KN%UN%
2016Pirates37.7 %10.2 %3.1 %1.5 % 8.3 %11.9 %9.4 %1.8 % 16.2 %   
Total- - -37.7 %10.2 %3.1 %1.5 % 8.3 %11.9 %9.4 %1.8 % 16.2 %   

SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2016Pirates93.592.487.586.4 91.785.978.982.2 83.8  
Total- - -93.592.487.586.4 91.785.978.982.2 83.8  

SeasonTeamwFBwSLwCTwCBwCHwSFwKNwFB/CwSL/CwCT/CwCB/CwCH/CwSF/CwKN/C
2016Pirates5.01.2-2.2-0.80.7-0.5 1.451.76-8.30-1.350.64-5.10 
Total- - -5.01.2-2.2-0.80.7-0.5 1.451.76-8.30-1.350.64-5.10 

SeasonTeamwFAwFTwFCwFSwFOwSIwSLwCUwKCwEPwCHwSCwKN
2016Pirates0.41.5-0.2-0.5 1.60.4-0.1-0.4 0.3  
Total- - -0.41.5-0.2-0.5 1.60.4-0.1-0.4 0.3  

SeasonTeamwFA/CwFT/CwFC/CwFS/CwFO/CwSI/CwSL/CwCU/CwKC/CwEP/CwCH/CwSC/CwKN/C
2016Pirates0.172.30-1.00-6.08 3.150.49-0.24-3.22 0.29  
Total- - -0.172.30-1.00-6.08 3.150.49-0.24-3.22 0.29  

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%F-Strike%SwStr%
2016Pirates24.8 %70.7 %44.6 %73.6 %87.2 %82.9 %43.1 %59.9 %7.6 %
2016Average30.3 %66.7 %46.5 %63.9 %86.3 %78.2 %44.6 %60.3 %10.1 %
Total- - -24.8 %70.7 %44.6 %73.6 %87.2 %82.9 %43.1 %59.9 %7.6 %

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2016Pirates24.8 %67.7 %44.6 %67.1 %89.6 %82.9 %46.3 %21.6
2016Average30.6 %63.9 %46.5 %62.1 %86.5 %78.1 %47.8 %22.7
Total- - -24.8 %67.7 %44.6 %67.1 %89.6 %82.9 %46.3 %21.6

SeasonTeamPosGGSInnPOAEFETEDPDPSDPTDPFScpSBCSPBWPFPTZ
2016Pirates1B2319150.1157143301000111    .983 
Total- - -1B2319150.1157143301000111    .983 
2016PiratesRF1614108.11701100000     .944 
Total- - -RF1614108.11701100000     .944 
2016PiratesOF1614108.11701100000     .944 
Total- - -OF1614108.11701100000     .944 

SeasonTeamPosInnrSBrGDPrARMrGFPrPMDRSBIZPlaysRZROOZCPPRPPTZLFSRARMDPRRngRErrRUZRUZR/150
2016Pirates1B150.1 0 -20-32218.8182   -1 0.0-1.0-1.2-2.2-32.8
Total- - -1B150.1 0 -20-32218.8182   -1 0.0-1.0-1.2-2.2-32.8
2016PiratesRF108.1  00-5-51711.6476   -1-0.5 -3.8-0.7-4.9-60.4
Total- - -RF108.1  00-5-51711.6476   -1-0.5 -3.8-0.7-4.9-60.4
2016PiratesOF108.1  00-5-51711.6476   -1-0.5 -3.8-0.7-4.9-60.4
Total- - -OF108.1  00-5-51711.6476   -1-0.5 -3.8-0.7-4.9-60.4

SeasonTeamPosInnImpossible (0%)Remote (1-10%)Unlikely (10-40%)Even (40-60%)Likely (60-90%)Routine (90-100%)
2016Pirates1B150.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (2)0.0%      (0)33.3%     (3)25.0%      (4)96.6%    (29)
Total- - -1B150.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (2)0.0%      (0)33.3%     (3)25.0%      (4)96.6%    (29)
2016PiratesRF108.10.0%    (11)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (1)100.0%      (1)93.8%    (16)
Total- - -RF108.10.0%    (11)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (1)100.0%      (1)93.8%    (16)
2016PiratesOF108.10.0%    (11)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (1)100.0%      (1)93.8%    (16)
Total- - -OF108.10.0%    (11)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (1)100.0%      (1)93.8%    (16)

SeasonTeamInnVotesInstinctsFirst StepSpeedHandsReleaseArm StrengthArm AccuracyOverallFSR
2016Pirates258.2222231441513422527-2
Total- - -258.2222231441513422527-2

SeasonTeamBattingBase RunningFieldingPositionalOffenseDefenseLeagueReplacementRARWARDollarsSalary
2016Pirates2.5-1.8-7.1-1.80.7-8.90.24.6-3.4-0.4($2.8) 
Total- - -2.5-1.8-7.1-1.80.7-8.90.24.6-3.4-0.4($2.8) 

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  • 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 1, Overall: 61
    • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
    • School: Jesuit Col Prep (TX)