INDIANAPOLIS – Just one day after Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow made his major league debut on the mound, third ranked prospect Josh Bell is expected to play his first game in the pros on Friday.
Bell is the latest Indianapolis Indian to join the Pirates, with seven other Tribe players getting the call to the big leagues for the first time this season. Bell is slated to start at first base tonight for the Bucs when they take on the Chicago Cubs for a 7:05 p.m. matchup at PNC Park.
Just like Glasnow, Bell was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 2011 Draft, going in the second round. Since then, Bell has made his way through the minors and made his debut with the Indians on August 1, 2015. The first baseman hit .347 with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 35 games with Indy last year before tearing it up even more in Triple-A this year.
Bell posted a .324 batting average with 13 homers and 53 RBIs with the Tribe in 2016, forcing the Pirates to call him up. He heads to the majors with the active International League lead in average, hits (101), slugging percentage (.535), and extra base hits (36).