By Jason Shetler
On Tuesday, MLB Pipeline came out with their list of the Top 10 third base prospects. Making the Top 10 was Ke’Bryan Hayes, who was ranked at #9.
In the 2015 MLB Draft, the Pirates received a first round compensation pick, this after Russell Martin rejected their qualifying offer and subsequently signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. With that pick, the Bucs chose Hayes out of Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas.
Hayes spent the entire 2016 season with the West Virginia Power. He was off to a terrific start, as he posted an .826 OPS in April, but tailed off the rest of the year with an OPS of .626. It should be noted that he was just 19 playing Low A ball, which is young for the level. While Hayes does have upside at the plate, he also possesses a strong throwing arm, so he still has the potential to become a solid, all-around third baseman.