On Sunday it was announced that, Pirates star prospect, Ke’Bryan Hayes tested positive for Covid-19, as per manager Derek Shelton. Hayes, who has yet to join the team at camp this summer, was still quarantined. No timetable has been given for when Hayes could return to the team. Hayes’ positive test comes days after right fielder Gregroy Polanco tested positive.
A Star In The Making
Hayes has gotten a lot of recognition since being drafted. Not only is he one of the Pirate’s top prospects, but he’s also one of the most exciting minor league players. Hayes ranked 30th out of the top-100 prospects in baseball before the 2020 season. The 23-year-old was selected 32nd overall in the 2015 draft and has being gaining respect for his defensive skills at third base.
Hayes can also hit, slashing .279/.354/.399 over 1,991 minor league plate appearances. Although his stats are good, his hitting still needs some work. Hayes looked like he was ready to start the season early-on in 2020; he still might be able to if he recovers in time. A young player of his talent should be on the field as much as possible. Unfortunately, with the recent news, it looks like he’ll be out a little longer than expected.
However, the Pirates could wait for him to debut. The shortened season may not be worth it to the Pirates, and they could have him play in 2021. The Pirates also don’t want to hinder his growth by making him wait too long. The Bucs are in a bit of a conundrum regarding their star.
Whenever Hayes does make his MLB debut, the Pirates will have one of the best prospects on the left side. And if he gets his bat going, then the NL Central may become very interesting. Hayes has the talent to lead this young team for a future full of success.
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