Star prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes has not participated in the Pirates’ camp, and supervisor Derek Shelton exposed these days (with Hayes’ authorization) that the 23-year-previous has tested positive for the coronavirus. Shelton instructed MLB.com’s Adam Berry and other reporters that Hayes was nevertheless in quarantine, even though gave no hint as to when Hayes could be completely ready to take part. Because Hayes in no way arrived at camp, it can be assumed that he examined positive during the preliminary round of ingestion tests.
Hayes is observed as both of those Pittsburgh’s best position player prospect and one particular of the far more intriguing small leaguers in the activity, featuring very on best-100 prospect lists. Prior to the 2020 time, Fangraphs was the most bullish on Hayes with a #30 rating, when Baseball Prospectus’ 63rd-area ranking was the 3rd baseman’s least expensive displaying. Picked 32nd overall in the 2015 draft, Hayes has now drawn raves for his fielding means at 3rd base, when his bat has revealed promise (.279/.354/.399 around 1991 small league plate appearances) but was still a thing of a work in progress.
Hayes was noticed as a lock to debut sometime in 2020, and presumably could nevertheless be in line for some taking part in time at the MLB stage should really he recover reasonably before long. Dependent on how extensive Hayes is out and how prolonged it would acquire him to get ready in a instruction camp circumstance, however, the Pirates could come to a decision to hold off on beginning his company time clock until finally the 2021 season. Over and above the contractual regulate logistics, the Bucs also the natural way want to be as secure as attainable with their star youngster, and deliver him together in a way that doesn’t impede his progress.