After putting up the following line last season for the West Virginia Power, it appears Mr. Bell will be moving on up to the A+ Bradenton Marauders better known as the Florida State League (where power is sapped by the heavy moisture in the air).
Age G AB PA H 1B 2B 3B HR R RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF SH GDP SB CS AVG
20 119 459 519 128 76 37 2 13 75 76 52 1 90 3 5 0 10 1 2 .279
PA BB% K% BB/K AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO Spd BABIP wSB wRC wRAA wOBA wRC+
519 10.0 %17.3 %0.58 .279 .353 .453 .806 .174 3.0 .319 -1.1 79 18.6 .369 131
(Thank you FanGraphs http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa597768&position=DH/OF)
I wanted to bring attention to the likely move to the Florida State League Bradenton Marauders. A move that coincidences with a drop in power numbers (drop in ISO, SLUG, OPS, and BABIP). We have seen the like with Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco 2013 (both put up outstanding numbers at West Virginia in 2012).
Gregory Polanco - http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa507194&position=OF
Alen Hanson - http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa547735&position=SS
The numbers we need to watch closely to see marked improvement will be walk rate and strikeout rate (both indicating a patient approach and laying off secondary pitches). Bell is going to struggle to put up impressive power numbers, but he still possesses the talent/potential to become an impressive power-first corner outfielder.
The patient process the Pirates have taken with their prospects has been successful in past. Just imagine the embrassment of riches with outfield options such as McCutchen, Marte, Polanco, and Bell.