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Free Josh Bell

July 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
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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Mike Alonso Left a Major League Legacy at Upland

July 20, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
After Upland, Albert attended the University of Hawaii and was then selected by the Brewers in the 18th round of the 1991 draft. He played 141 games in Milwaukee’s system, topping out at Class-A.
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The Wire Troll: Dylan Bundy Finally Starting

July 17, 2016 | by JB Branson | Comments (0)
Well, we’re finally getting our wish Sunday as Bundy will start — and get a very favourable matchup against the Rays, to boot. Taken fourth overall in 2011, the rookie hurler has a chance to stick in the rotation, at least for a time being. He’s only about 40 innings shy of the innings cap Baltimore has set on its prized prospect, so this is likely going to be a short-term pickup. But if you need pitching help with major upside, Bundy’s your man.
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Big Shakeup Coming in Boston?

July 6, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
With another tough loss Tuesday, Boston has now lost nine of its last 15 to drop to third place in the AL East, a half a game behind the surging Jays. The Sox still hold the second Wild Card slot in the AL, but not for long with Houston really picking up the pace lately.
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2016 RotoRob Rest of Season First Base Rankings

July 5, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Goldy’s home run power has waned so far this season and he’s not molesting lefties the way he usually does.
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