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Free Josh Bell

July 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
John Jaso is currently holding down first base for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Are John Jaso and his dreads really going to block Josh Bell for leaving his mark? (ftw.usatoday.com)

Why the hell is Pittsburgh Pirates first base prospect Josh Bell still toiling away at Triple-A?

The Pirates are playing better lately, but losing ground on the Cardinals and still quite a bit back from threatening the NL Central-leading Cubs. However, at first base they continue to trot out the likes of unproductive John Jaso (who excels at looking like a fool trying to steal bases as you can see in the video below), punchless Sean Rodriguez and uninspiring David Freese (who, in fairness, has actually showed some power this year) while all Bell does down on the farm is rake.

In late-June, we recommended Bell as a waiver wire pick, and sure enough, he was recalled a couple of weeks later, but was sent back down after about five minutes despite going 2-for-2 with a grand salami, two walks and three runs scored.
His OPS through four plate appearances? Um, 3500.

It’ll do for a start.

Suddenly, the Pirates now want him to shift to the outfield down at Triple-A. Uh, okay. Apparently, Pittsburgh believes that Bell will not provide better glovework than Jaso. But surely a team near the bottom of the majors in home runs and middling at best in every other major hitting category could use the type of offensive infusion that Bell is capable of providing.

He ranked 29th in MLB’s Mid-Season prospect list, and why not? The dude’s an on-base machine with budding power.

Sure, Bell hasn’t been great in July (.264 BA, .358 slugging), but seems to be snapping out of it (3-for-6 with two RBI and two walks in the last two games) and has a 919 OPS for the season after recording a 946 mark in 35 games at Triple-A last year. Clearly, he’s mastered this level despite the fact his K rate is up this season.

The Pirates have plenty of young talent on the way that they need to clear space for. Could Jaso be moved at the deadline to add help in another area and open the door for Bell? That sounds like a win-win move.

Bell can hit. Just give him a damn chance to prove it, Pittsburgh!

It’s enough to give Fantasy owners manic depression (speaking of which, Ann Wilson just released a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s classic).

If we have to wait until September to see Bell again, maybe the Pirates’ streak of three straight years as a postseason team deserves to be snapped.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what kind of impact you think Bell will have for Fantasy owners.

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2016 MLB Draft Recap

June 21, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
It’s been almost two weeks since the 2016 MLB Draft, so we figured it was high time we got off our ass and offered up a recap of the first round and what some of the Fantasy prospects are of the players taken among those first 23 picks.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part VII

June 6, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Glasnow, a towering righty the Pirates nabbed in the fifth round in 2011, has surged into our top 10 this year after proving he can win at Double-A and then posting an even better ERA after a promotion to Triple-A in 2015. He’s only been taken yard 20 times in five professional seasons (including this year) while maintaining a lifetime BAA under .180. Really?!? All the while, Glasnow has racked up the punchouts, averaging 11.69 K/9 since being drafted out of a California high school. Best of all, he’s been durable, and it’s clear based on the consolidation of his superb Triple-A results this year that he’s ready for the majors as soon as Pittsburgh needs help. The only worry is his control, but he’s made strides in that regard this season as well.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part VI

May 27, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Meadows also made a nice move up the rankings this year after enjoying a speed breakout at High-A and then averaging nearly a run per game in a brief trial at Double-A. He’s a .304 career hitter through nearly 1,000 minor league at-bats and has untapped power potential. Meadows is struggling at Double-A this year, but is slowly coming around and we have no doubt he’ll figure it out very soon once his batting eye returns to the levels he showed at High-A.
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2016 RotoRob Top 75 MLB Prospects, Part V

May 16, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Another newcomer this year, Snell thrust his way into the Fantasy consciousness after last year he went undefeated at High-A, proved unhittable at Double-A and then put together an even better WHIP at Triple-A. All told, he won a whopping 15 games last season and while he’s been a bit more wild at Triple-A to start this year, it didn’t stop the Rays from giving him a spot start — in which the southpaw was splendid. Snell, considered by some as a top 15 prospect, has clearly established himself as a star in the making.
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