Josh Bell Is Having A Stellar Season On A Bad Team

Josh Bell Is Having A Stellar Season On A Bad Team

The 2022 Major League Baseball has been a season of revelation for MLBbro Josh Bell.
He is having a career year and has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Bell
has always been a quality player, since his Major League debut in 2016. In the middle of a
contract year, he is having a great season, and has been a hot topic in many trade talks around the
league. The only other first basemen in the National League who have even been on his level are
perennial All-Stars, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt.

Josh Bell Is Making A Strong Case For NL All-Star Squad

Bell has been the best player for the Nationals this season. He just finished the month of
June with a .358 batting average, seven home runs, and 18 RBI. The Washington Nationals have
not been competitive this year, but that has not stopped Bell from excelling. Since coming to
Washington, Bell has had his career reinvigorated from the less stellar play he showed as a
member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the season just slightly past the halfway mark, he has
already established a WAR of 3.2 which is higher than his WAR during his five seasons with the Pirates.

Not since MLBbro Ryan Howard has there been as productive a black player at the first
base position. Howard, a three-time All-Star and former NL MVP, was one of the most
productive hitters in his prime with the Philadelphia Phillies. Josh Bell is looking to follow in his
footsteps and cash in on his improvements at the plate and sign a lucrative contract in the
offseason. As a highly effective switch hitter, Bell is capable of hitting right and left-handed
pitching at a prominent level. Having a hitter of this caliber at a corner infield position is integral
to a team’s success.

There has been much speculation to whether or not the Nationals will move on from the
potential All-Star MLBbro. While the case can be made to trade Bell while his stock is high,
there are several reasons to retain his services and pair him with Juan Soto and move forward as
a franchise. Not turning 30 until later this season, Bell is still young enough to be around for
several years to come. He currently ranks in the top ten in hits, total bases, On-Base percentage,
and batting average in the National League. Although he may not get the national attention that
he should, this MLBbro is special.

MLBbro Superstar Alert!! Ke’Bryan Hayes Keeps The Lights On In The Pit

MLBbro Superstar Alert!! Ke’Bryan Hayes Keeps The Lights On In The Pit

Ke’Bryan Hayes is this generation’s next great third baseman and is earning the title of highest-paid player in Pittsburgh Pirates’ franchise history with his play through the first month and a half of the season.  

 

MLBbro Ke’Bryan Hayes Gets The Biggest Bag In Pittsburgh Pirates History | The Franchise Cornerstone Has Security

 

The hitting numbers Hayes is posting has positioned him to be the representative for Pittsburgh at this season’s All-Star Game, which would be quite an accomplishment in just his second Major League season. The son of MLBbro player Charlie Hayes would join Josh Bell and Andrew McCutchen as recent Black Pirates to obtain the honor.

 

 

Entering Sunday’s game, Hayes ranks in the top five for the National League in batting average, on base percentage and Offensive WAR. This coming after Hayes’ 2021 season was filled with injuries from the first game of the year till his last. After the second game of the season, Hayes felt a pain in his left wrist that made it difficult to grip the bat, leading to him being placed on the 60-day Injured List.

He returned to the Pirates’ lineup at the beginning of June but near the end of the season, injury struck again, leading to him being shut down in late September.

 

Don’t Even Watch Pirates Games For The Next 10 Days…Ke’Bryan Hayes Is Hurt

 

“I had to grind through it,” Hayes told reporters at the beginning of this year’s spring training. “Going into the offseason, I really wanted to forget about it and make sure that going into this next season my body is healthy for this spring training.  I’m doing good, the wrist is feeling good, so I’m ready to get rolling.”

Hayes’ bank account was one thing injuries couldn’t keep down. Not even a week into the season Pittsburgh made the 25-year-old out of Tomball, Texas the highest-paid player in their franchise history with an eight-year $70 million deal with a club option for 2030.

If Hayes can stay healthy, the deal will prove to be a bargain for the Pirates.

He did scare fans during the team’s Opening Day game this season when the third baseman appeared to re-injure that same wrist that plagued him last year in the first inning and was forced out of the game. But it was just a scare, and he didn’t miss any time from it.

Glove Love 

The one phase of Hayes’ game that may be the least surprising this season has been his play on defense.  

 

 

The three-time Minor League Gold Glove award winner currently leads all Major League third baseman in Defensive WAR and putouts by a comfortable margin.

Bat Attack 

At the plate Hayes is batting .309 with an on base percentage above .400 and a .799 OPS to go along with eight RBI and three stolen bases.

 

 

He already has seven games this season with at least two hits, a 4-for-4 game and had two consecutive 3-for-5 games, one against the Cincinnati Reds and the other coming against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pirates Playoff Push? 

Hayes has his Pirates’ record closer to the .500 mark than most thought they would be.  They are a young team with players who will continue to flow to the Bigs over the next few years, but it looks like Pittsburgh has already found they can put the franchise on Hayes’ back as they work towards getting back into the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Cole Tucker Hopes The Switch Is A Hit | MLBbro Optioned To Minors, Will Simplify Things

Cole Tucker Hopes The Switch Is A Hit | MLBbro Optioned To Minors, Will Simplify Things

MLBbro Cole Tucker is on his way back to the minor leagues. According to reports, on Thursday, infielder Rodolfo Castro was recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis, and the Pittsburgh Pirates utility player was optioned to Indianapolis.

Tucker was very optimistic entering the season but got off to a rough start offensively. He’s struggled to find a rhythm at the plate and that can be frustrating for any hitter. In 18 games between shortstop, second base and right field, Tucker slashed just .175/.175/.222 with no homers or walks, just two RBIs and a 39.7% strikeout rate

MLB Clock Was Ticking: Forget Switch-Hitting

Tucker could hear the minor league grim reaper getting closer and knew something needed to change at the plate for him to have success, so he abandoned switch-hitting in hopes of regaining a steady, productive stroke from one side of the plate

 

 

 

For his career, Tucker’s hitting .192 from the right side, so one can imagine why he wants to swing from the left side of the plate.

“I’m tired of getting the bat shoved up my butt right-handed, bluntly,” Tucker said in an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I just want to give myself the best chance I can to succeed, and right now I think that’s left-handed.”

Since he made his debut with the Pirates in 2019, Tucker has struggled to have success consistently in the big leagues. But despite his demotion, the Pirates are still high on Tucker. There have been spurts throughout his career where he’s shown signs of promise. The Pirates aren’t giving up on him just yet.

 

 

Pirates manager Derek Shelton said he sent Tucker down to get consistent at-bats and work on his lefty swing more consistently.

“In fairness to him, we need to give him an opportunity to work on it probably in an environment that’s a little bit different than here,” Shelton said.

This move that Tucker is making at the plate could be what he just needs. 

The Pirates aren’t in a position to give up on young talent, so Tucker will be back. For now, he can spend more time practicing his new approach, without the pressures of producing on a major league level for a team that despite its record is only 6.5 games out of first.

“You’ve just got to go into it with that attitude and that mindset of confidence and coming at it from a place of power,” Tucker said. “It got to the point where I was feeling like, man, I kind of feel like I would feel better hitting left-handed against this guy than right-handed. That’s kind of how we got here.”

The Show is no rodeo for MLBbros. Wishing Tucker the best of luck and a quick return to the big club. By the way, having actress Vanessa Hudgens as a girlfriend is not a bad consolation prize.

I’m just saying…