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Ke'Bryan Hayes

Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Name: Ke'Bryan Kobe Hayes
Born: Jan 28, 1997 in Tomball, TX
High School: Concordia Luthern HS, Tomball, Texas
Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (32nd overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 (signed for $1,855,000)
In the summer after his sophomore season, Hayes looked like he was headed in the wrong direction. He was too big to stick at third base and he didn't have the top-of-the-charts power teams look for from a righthanded-hitting prep first baseman. To his credit, Hayes put in a lot of work, dropped 20 pounds thanks in part to a whole lot of swimming and made himself into a third base prospect. Hayes' father Charlie had a 14-year big league career as a third baseman. Ke'Bryan has a similar skillset as a third baseman with more hitting ability than power. He shows average raw power in batting practice, then gears his swing for line drives in games. Hayes makes some spectacular plays at third base, especially coming in on the ball, and he has excellent hands. But he will have to be very careful to stay on top of his body as he's already range limited; a move to first base would significantly increase the demands on his bat. Hayes has also improved his arm significantly over the past year to where it's above-average at times. He's a below-average runner but it's no longer a significant impediment now that he's lost some weight. Hayes' feel for the game and excellent work ethic makes him one of the safer high school position players in this class and the Tennessee recruit is considered signable.
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