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See How Josh Bell is Doing in His Move to First Base

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One of the big storylines in the minor league system this year will be Josh Bell’s move to first base. If successful, Bell turns into the first baseman of the future, with the chance to arrive in Pittsburgh at some point during the 2016 season. I wrote last week about how Bell’s move to first could solve his drop in power from the 2014 season. He saw a drop off in his power at the end of the year, and said that was due to fatigue. The move to first base allowed him to add more muscle, and will also be easier on him, since he will have a reduced workload compared to what he’d see in the outfield.

Yesterday I showed a video of Bell, Austin Meadows, and JaCoby Jones taking batting practice. Today I was able to see Bell taking fielding drills at first base. The quick video below shows a few of the defensive drills and how Bell looked today.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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