Pirates honor Glasnow, Bell for Minor League work

Righty named Pitcher of the Year; outfielder dubbed Player of the Year

Pirates honor Glasnow, Bell for Minor League work

PITTSBURGH -- Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell are going to be roommates in a few months when they share an apartment while playing in the Arizona Fall League. On Tuesday, they shared something else: being honored as having the best seasons in the Pirates' Minor League system.

Glasnow was named the Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Bell was dubbed the organization's Minor League Player of the Year. Both were honored on the PNC Park field alongside director of Minor League operations Larry Broadway prior to the Bucs' game against the Red Sox.

Glasnow, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 1 prospect in the Pirates' farm system and the 17th in all of baseball, had a 1.74 ERA and a 1.054 WHIP in 23 starts for Class A Advanced Bradenton. The right-hander threw 124 1/3 innings and will be one of five pitchers in the Pittsburgh system who will be throwing for the Scottsdale Scorpions this fall in Arizona.

The 6-foot-7, 21-year-old said he thought he was a better pitcher than he was last season, and he attributed that to his consistency between starts.

"A lot of big leaguers have told me, 'Just get that routine and stick to it and live by it,'" Glasnow said Tuesday. "It's a huge thing that helped. Other than a rough start early in the season, I realized I really need to stick to it and kept going."

Bell hit .325 playing a combined 108 games between Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. A left knee contusion kept Bell out of the final few weeks of the season, but he still managed to tally nine homers, 60 RBIs and an .834 OPS.

Bell said his knee is fine, and he'll be good to go for the AFL. In the meantime, he's going to spend time in the instructional league learning first base.

An outfielder during his professional career, the Pirates have asked Bell to try first base given the plethora of outfield talent they currently have in the organization. It could be Bell's ticket to the Majors, and he'll spend the offseason getting the hang of it.

"It's one of those things where people said, 'You can put on a first baseman's mitt and go ahead and take ground balls and be good to go,'" Bell said. "But there is a learning curve, and I think these next few weeks in instructional league are going to do the deal for me before I go to Arizona and lock it in out there."

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.