Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Prospects Who Could Be Home Run Derby Bound
The Pittsburgh Pirates have only had a few participants in the home run derby over the last decade or so, including one last night. Here are a few prospects who could make it one day.
Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fan base tuned in to see how Josh Bell would perform in the annual Home Run Derby. It was a stacked field this year with the new incentive of a $1 million cash prize. The pool of players was made up of Bell, Pete Alonso, Joc Pederson, Ronald Acuña, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Carlos Santana, Matt Chapman (who replaced Christian Yelich), and Alex Bregman.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates once again saw an early exit from their participant. In years past, players like Jason Bay, Andrew McCutchen, and Pedro Alvarez have not done very well. This time Bell hit a solid 18 home runs, however he had to face Ronald Acuña who got hot and hit an impressive 25. It was not so much that Bell dropped the ball, like former Pittsburgh Pirates, but rather he just got outdone by Acuña.
Regardless, Josh Bell should have a chance to compete again down the road. He is enjoying a big-time breakout campaign and has some of the best raw power in baseball. However, who are a few other prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system that could make good Home Run Derby candidates one day?