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Touted trio among eight Bucs set for Fall League

Touted trio among eight Bucs set for Fall League

PITTSBURGH -- Right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham and outfielder Josh Bell will get a chance to further their careers in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

Glasnow and Bell, ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, among Pirates prospects, received word of their selection to the blue-chip offseason league in the wake of their selections as Pitcher and Player of the Year in the Class A Advanced Florida State League. Kingham, No. 5 on the prospects list, is wrapping up his first Double-A season.

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The trio will be among eight Pirates prospects playing in the six-team league for the Scottsdale Scorpions, who will be managed by Jeff Banister, the Major League club's bench coach.

Catcher Elias Diaz, a fast riser in the organization, is one of five other farmhands chosen to participate in a loop commonly referred to as a "finishing school" for top prospects.

The others are right-hander Adrian Sampson, lefties Joely Rodriguez and Tom Harlan, and infielder Dan Gamache.

Glasnow, a fifth-round choice in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, dominated the FSL this season, pitching shutout ball in half of his 22 starts. In 118 1/3 innings, he notched 148 strikeouts and held batters to an average of .167.

The AFL assignment is the latest recognition of Bell's affirmative comeback from a knee injury that all but wiped out his first pro season in 2012. The second-round pick in 2011 -- right after Gerrit Cole -- also represented the Bucs in the 2014 Futures Game in Minnesota.

Bell earned his Player of the Year honors despite leaving the league in a promotion to Double-A Altoona at the Minor League All-Star break. After hitting .335 in 84 games with the Marauders, he batted .287 in 24 games with the Curve before landing on the DL a week ago with a left knee contusion.

Kingham, a 2010 fourth-round pick, is another big arm in the Pirates' system. He has split the season between Altoona -- where he had an odd 1-7 record despite a 3.04 ERA -- and Indianapolis, where he is 5-4 with a 1.03 WHIP.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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