Pirates Prospect Watch: Ke’Bryan Hayes

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Today’s man of the hour is the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes, who is a right-handed hitter with a nice defensive skill set and former 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes kid.

Hayes is the Pirates fourth best prospect listed behind Austin Meadows, Mitch Keller, and Shane Baz.

Hayes is only 20 and has a bright future ahead of him. His future is so bright that I do see him being the Pirates future third baseman, which if he continues to impress the organization and develop at a steady growth, he could be up in Pittsburgh in two years. That would be crazy watching corner duo of Josh Bell and Ke’Bryan Hayes.

This season, the youngster had a good 2017 campaign. In 108 games and 421 at-bats, he recorded a .278 batting average, drove in 43 RBIs, and hit only two homers. Hayes also contributed on the bases by swiping 27 bases from the opposition.

On the defensive side, the Texas native picked up a solid fielding percentage of .974 (eight errors) in 950.1 innings turning 25 double plays and assisting 245 times. His defense has improved after recording a low .956 fielding percentage last year.

Furthermore, Hayes skill set includes a contact-first approach that spreads the ball all over the field and sending the ball into the gaps, which I do see Hayes becoming a great doubles hitter.

However, one area of concern with Hayes offensive skill set is the power, which there were inconsistent glimpses of power, which over time I do see him being a 15 to 20 homer guy at the professional level. The power will come as he learns to turn on pitches more.

Finally, Hayes has the footwork and range, not to mention excellent hands, instincts and a plus arm to be a potential gold glove winner.

Note: It was a joy to finally watch him in person and I recommend to watch him if you get the chance.

Pictures: Daniel Satter/Daniel Satter Sports Talk

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