BRADENTON, Fla. - Ke'Bryan Hayes is one of the youngest players in the Florida State League this year. The Pirates aggressively pushed him up to the High-A level, despite the fact that he missed half the season in West Virginia last year with a cracked rib. He's showing that he's not fully developed, but at the same time he's definitely not looking over-matched at the level.
Hayes is hitting for a .267/.346/.322 line, with his average and OBP sitting above the league averages for the pitcher friendly Florida State League, while his power sits below average. That's even more impressive when you consider that he is 20 years old this year, and the average hitter in the league is about 23.
The short-term focus for Hayes has been on being aggressive in leverage counts, attacking pitches u...
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