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Pirates name Josh Bell top minor league hitter, Tyler Glasnow top pitcher

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In a not-very-surprising announcement, the Pirates have chosen Josh Bell as their minor league player of the year and Tyler Glasnow as their minor league pitcher of the year. Bell and Glasnow were named the player of the year and pitcher of the year for the Florida State League last month.

Bell, of course, crushed FSL pitching, posting an .886 OPS in Bradenton before getting promoted to Altoona. He'll work on learning first base this winter and will hopefully eventually replace Pedro Alvarez (or Ike Davis) there. Glasnow spent the entire season with Bradenton and had an even better year than he did in his breakout 2013 in West Virginia, striking out 11.4 batters per nine innings. This is the second straight season Glasnow has won the Pirates' minor league pitcher of the year award. He'll almost certainly head to Altoona next season, and he could be ready for the big leagues by mid-2016.