Josh Bell‘s emergence isn’t just a great rookie campaign. He may singlehandedly keep the Pirates’ window of contention open.
It hasn’t been a great season in Pittsburgh. Entering play Tuesday night, the Pirates are 66-72, virtually out of postseason contention and mired in everything from off-field issues (Jung Ho Kang) to PED issues (Starling Marte) to a particularly nasty spate of injuries throughout the season, to a team that was already considered by some to be approaching the downside, close to having to blow components of the big league club up and begin rebuilding.
Enter Josh Bell.