By Jason Shetler
On Tuesday, Pirates prospects’ Ke’Bryan Hayes, Mitch Keller and Tito Polo were selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.
Hayes of course is the son of former Pirate Charlie Hayes. The younger Hayes was chosen by the Bucs in last year’s MLB Draft as a first round compensation pick. He’s currently the #6 prospect in the Pirates system according to MLB Pipeline. This season, Hayes is batting .286 with a .768 OPS in 48 games for the West Virginia Power.
Keller was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the 14th best Pirates prospect in the system. In ten starts to this point for West Virginia, Keller has been outstanding with a 1.89 ERA, which is fourth best in the SAL, while his 0.74 WHIP is tops in the league.
Polo signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2012. The 21-year-old outfielder was the Pirates minor league stolen base leader a year ago. Polo returned to the Power this season, and has become the biggest breakout prospect in the system, posting a .915 OPS in 46 games played, good for fifth best in the SAL. He’s also tied for the league lead in home runs with ten.