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Pirates' Josh Bell Hits First Pro Homer

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Top Pirates prospect Josh Bell hit his first pro home run, a three-run blast in the fifth inning, in the West Virginia Power's 10-6 loss to Asheville Wednesday. Bell also added a single and is currently hitting .269 for the year.

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Bell's blast evidently wasn't the most compelling one, as this Bucs Dugout account of the Asheville Tourists' radio broadcast suggests:

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The radio feed available for the game is that of the Asheville Tourists, and this is how their announcer described it: "It didn't look too hard-hit, but the baseball just kept carrying [in the wind] and it just made it over the wall."

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Bell is only 19, so he'll have plenty of time to hit tape-measure blasts.

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Bell was the Pirates' second-round pick in 2012. The Bucs paid $5 million to sign him away from a commitment to the University of Texas. He profiles as a power-hitting outfielder.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.