Star prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes hasn’t participated in the Pirates’ camp, and manager Derek Shelton uncovered today (with Hayes’ authorization) that the 23-yr-old has tested optimistic for the coronavirus. Shelton instructed MLB.com’s Adam Berry and other reporters that Hayes was continue to in quarantine, while gave no hint as to when Hayes could be completely ready to take part. Due to the fact Hayes under no circumstances arrived at camp, it can be assumed that he analyzed positive throughout the original round of ingestion checks.
Hayes is witnessed as both Pittsburgh’s top position player prospect and one particular of the additional intriguing minimal leaguers in the sport, that includes highly on top-100 prospect lists. Prior to the 2020 period, Fangraphs was the most bullish on Hayes with a #30 rating, while Baseball Prospectus’ 63rd-spot ranking was the third baseman’s least expensive exhibiting. Picked 32nd total in the 2015 draft, Hayes has already drawn raves for his fielding means at third base, when his bat has proven guarantee (.279/.354/.399 above 1991 minor league plate appearances) but was even now a little something of a operate in development.
Hayes was viewed as a lock to debut someday in 2020, and presumably could continue to be in line for some taking part in time at the MLB level should really he get better somewhat soon. Dependent on how long Hayes is out and how very long it would acquire him to get ready in a teaching camp situation, however, the Pirates could decide to keep off on starting his services time clock right until the 2021 period. Outside of the contractual regulate logistics, the Bucs also by natural means want to be as safe as probable with their star youngster, and deliver him along in a way that does not impede his progress.