Star prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes has not participated in the Pirates’ camp, and manager Derek Shelton unveiled right now (with Hayes’ permission) that the 23-yr-previous has analyzed optimistic for the coronavirus. Shelton informed MLB.com’s Adam Berry and other reporters that Hayes was continue to in quarantine, however gave no hint as to when Hayes could be ready to take part. Since Hayes never ever arrived at camp, it can be assumed that he examined constructive during the initial spherical of consumption checks.
Hayes is seen as both Pittsburgh’s top rated posture participant prospect and a single of the a lot more intriguing minor leaguers in the activity, featuring very on major-100 prospect lists. Prior to the 2020 year, Fangraphs was the most bullish on Hayes with a #30 ranking, although Baseball Prospectus’ 63rd-position ranking was the 3rd baseman’s least expensive demonstrating. Picked 32nd over-all in the 2015 draft, Hayes has currently drawn raves for his fielding capability at third base, even though his bat has proven promise (.279/.354/.399 above 1991 small league plate appearances) but was nevertheless one thing of a operate in progress.
Hayes was witnessed as a lock to debut sometime in 2020, and presumably could however be in line for some taking part in time at the MLB stage need to he recuperate reasonably shortly. Dependent on how extended Hayes is out and how extended it would just take him to prepare in a teaching camp situation, however, the Pirates could make your mind up to hold off on beginning his provider time clock right until the 2021 period. Past the contractual management logistics, the Bucs also by natural means want to be as risk-free as achievable with their star youngster, and bring him together in a way that doesn’t impede his progress.