By Jason Shetler
MLBPipeline.com came out with their rankings of the Top 10 first base prospects. Josh Bell was listed at #2 with A.J. Reed (Astros) the only first baseman ranked ahead of him.
Bell was the Pirates second round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft. Considered to be unsignable, the Bucs inked the switch-hitting outfielder to a signing bonus of $5 million, which was by far the most money given to a non-first round pick. After playing his first three seasons in the outfield, Bell made the switch to first base last season. In 131 games combined with AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis, he batted .317 along with an .838 OPS. There’s no questioning Bell’s offensive skill set. The real question obviously is how he’ll be able to handle playing first base at the big league level.