Over the last two days, Hayden Hurst has been playing as the designated hitter in the GCL. This is significant, as Hurst was drafted as a pitcher and given an over-slot bonus in 2012. He was one of three guys who the Pirates turned to with their over-slot money after Mark Appel turned them down. The Pirates gave Hurst $400,000 as a 17th round pick. He was a power arm who sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 95 at times when drafted. He also previously had Tommy John surgery in high school.
Hurst only made one appearance as a pitcher, and it wasn't a good one. He only recorded one out, walking five batters. I was at that game last year, and his control was horrible. He missed the rest of the season with an unknown injury. According to farm director Larry Broadway, the Pirates have "shelved pitching for the time being" for Hurst. He will get work at first base.
The first base position isn't foreign to Hurst. He played there in high school, hitting for a .327/.393/.582 line in 55 at-bats h...
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