With just three days left in the Arizona Fall League season, Scottsdale took on Glendale on Tuesday. Josh Bell was the designated hitter and the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. The Scorpions lost 8-4, dropping them to 11-19 on the year with two games left. Tyler Glasnow will start Wednesday, followed by Joely Rodriguez in the season finale on Thursday.
In the second inning, Bell had a nice seven pitch at-bat before flying out to right field. In the fourth inning, he hit a line drive into right field for an RBI single. Bell was then thrown out trying to steal second. In the sixth inning, he collected a ground-rule double, his eighth double of the season. In the eighth inning, Bell was called out on strikes on a full-count pitch. He finished the game 2-for-4 with his seventh run driven in. The two hits helped him raise his average to .221 through 77 at-bats. In 55 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, Bell is hitting .200 with four doubles and a 10:10 BB/SO ratio.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.