Minor League Baseball (MiLB) named their 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove winners on Wednesday afternoon. They only name one winner per position across all of the minors, so it's an impressive achievement to be recognized as the best for each spot. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two of the nine winners.
Ke'Bryan Hayes was named the top third baseman in the minors. He set the Florida State League record for the highest fielding percentage (.974) at third base. Back in July when Baseball America conducted a poll of the coaches and managers in each league, I noted how surprising it was that Hayes wasn't even the best in his own league. Right before the season ended, I talked to a scout who had recently followed Bradenton for an extended time and he raved about Hayes at the hot corner. The scout has be...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.