Two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top three prospects are expected to make their Triple-A debut for the Indianapolis Indians Saturday night at Victory Field. The system’s No. 1 overall farmhand, Tyler Glasnow, is scheduled as the starting pitcher against the Charlotte Knights, while the organization’s third-best prospect, Josh Bell, is slated to play first base against the Tribe’s International League South division foes.
Here’s more info on the star duo:
THE OL’ PROSPECTOR
Tyler Glasnow makes his Triple-A debut ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and the ninth-best farmhand in all of Minor League Baseball, according to MLB.com … Glasnow, 21, has also taken home honors as the Pirates’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year (2013, 2014), MiLB.com Starting Pitcher of the Year (2014) and Florida State League Pitcher of the Year (2013).
Tyler Glasnow finished the 2013 campaign ranked fourth in all of Minor League Baseball with 164 strikeouts for Lo-A West Virginia, and 2014 ranked first in the Minors with 157 whiffs since that season’s debut with Hi-A Bradenton … The right-hander’s 164 strikeouts in 2013 broke West Virginia’s franchise record by 30 total punchouts.
THE BELL TOLLS…
Josh Bell is also slated for his Triple-A debut and arrives in Indianapolis ranked by MLB.com as the No. 3 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and No. 38 overall in Minor League Baseball … The two-time “Best Power Hitter” of the Pirates system was selected 61st overall by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, and after spending four seasons in the outfield, is currently in his first full campaign as a first baseman.
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Prior to his promotion to the Indians, Josh Bell hit .307 (113×368) in 96 games for the Double-A Altoona Curve … He ranked tied for first in the Eastern League in triples (6), third in both RBIs (60) and base hits, fifth in total bases (157) and seventh in batting during his Double-A stint.