A few days ago we heard that third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, taken 32nd overall in the draft last Monday, had already reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jon Heyman has the bonus amount this morning and Hayes will sign for $1,855,000, which is exact amount of his slot. Hayes posted on Twitter yesterday that he was on his way to Pittsburgh. His deal could be officially announced today, one day after the Pirates announced the signing of their other first round pick, shortstop Kevin Newman. Our draft tracker has been updated with the new information.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 16, 2015
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.