Pirates Select Josh Bell In 2nd Round

By: Mike Vukovcan

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have selected outfielder Josh Bell in the second round (61st overall selection) of the annual First-Year Player Draft.

Bell hit .548 with 13 home runs, 54 RBI, 54 runs scored with a 1.054 slugging percentage as a senior this year for Dallas Jesuit (TX) High School, where he helped lead his team to the Class 5A regional semifinals. He also struck out just five times in his 139 plate appearances this season.

The 6-foot-3, 206-pound switch hitter was rated by Baseball America as the top corner outfielder and fifth-best position player overall available in this year’s Draft. As a senior at Dallas Jesuit he was also named the 2010-11 Gatorade/ESPN Rise Texas Baseball Player-of-the-Year.

Bell is a first round talent but is a risky pick because he told ML teams not to draft him because he plans on attending Texas.

  • Brad

    So let me get this straight. We spent a second round pick on a kid we won’t be able to sign? Simply stunning. Always looking for a way to save a buck aren’t you nutting? This is pathetic. Think about this folks . We used our 2nd round pick, the 61st overall selection, which in baseball isn’t too bad, on a kid we know going into it we won’t be able to sign because he wants to go to school. Wow. How can people let this happen. How can pirates management look us in the eye and tell us they are building through the draft, and use our second highest pick on a guy who will never put on a pirates uniform. Ridiculous. Bravo for the kid going to school, Texas is a great baseball program. This move is simply stunning. I’m rambling so long because I am trying to put the words together to express the insanity of this move.

    • Ryan

      Brian, teams do this all the time, the Yankees drafted Garrett Cole two years ago in the FIRST round even though he said he was going to UCLA. It’s not as insane as it seems, money talks, maybe being drafted early could change this kid’s mind, and then what a great pick it becomes!

    • Brian

      We will have our 2nd round pick if he isn’t signed. They will actually have 2 picks in the second round. It is a great move by the Pirates. If they can sign him he could be a potential steal. If he goes to college we will have another early pick next year. It is an actual no-brainer.

      • Brian

        I should clarify. They get an extra 2nd rounder in the draft next year if he isn’t signed as a compensation pick. I love the pick.

  • Ryan

    Gotta agree with my fellow Ryan here. The Pirates are at least showing some fire for a change by going after a challenge like Bell that is going to take some serious money to sign. If we do sign him, we look like heroes. If we don’t, well nobody is making fun of the Yankees for selecting Cole when they did. When he looks at what Hurdle is doing with this team, along with the great pitchers that he’ll be coming up with in our farm system, he may be swayed.

  • Brad


    I understand this happens. However your argument has a fatal flaw. We aren’t the Yankees. Big difference. We need our second round pick. We don’t need to be gambling with that pick. We can still get a STUD there. The Yankees can afford to throw away a pick or 2, because they can get free agents, we can’t and won’t.

    • Brian

      Read my comment above and learn about the draft Brad. It is a no-brainer to take this kid with the 2nd round pick. If we don’t sign him we get a compensatory pick in the 2nd round of next years draft at the same exact slot in the draft. So if we don’t sign him we get the first pick in the 2nd round along with our regular 2nd round pick based on the standings.

  • Brad

    Ok , I know the draft just fine. Why on earth is this a good pick? Why wait for talent next year. Are you serious? He isn’t going to sign. We wasted a pick. Who cares if we get a pick next year. It’s always next year. StOck up now. This Kid isn’t going to sign. So what you are saying is waste a pick this year to get the same pick next year? How does that make any sense at all. Why not have a 2nd round talent in canp for a year, instead of not having one. It’s far from ingenious.

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