The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with compensation pick Ke’Bryan Hayes, according to Howard Chen of CSN Houston. Hayes plans to sign on Monday.

Hayes is a third baseman with solid defense, good contact skills, and gap power. He’s got the potential to stick at third base, and could be a glove-first guy in the majors who provides value with his offense. He will most likely spend the 2015 season playing in the GCL, and if things go well enough, he could play for West Virginia in full season ball next year. No word yet on his bonus, which I imagine will come out after he officially signs. The slot value for his pick was $1,855,000.

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  1. I take it that the top 20 will see a shift with Newman somewhere near the bottom of the top 10 and Hayes somewhere in the top 20? Will there likely be any others in the top 20?

    • If Kingham stays (forget how season ending injuries work) I’d put Newman 8th and maybe Hayes 12th? Based on the article from last weekend I would expect to see Ramirez top 10 especially now that he’s healthy and mashing. Unless you wanna bump Holmes from the top 20, I would think only 2 draftees from 2015 make it. Guess we’ll find out soon.

        • Why would Kingham be removed? Jameson Taillon stayed in the rankings despite his injury. Ultimately, I think you see 2 top 15 and maybe, at most, 3 top 20 changes from this years draft.

          • Jared- no he didn’t. Both he and Clay Holmes were removed shortly after their injuries last year. They were brought back for this season since they are expected to pitch this year

      • Based on the current rankings my guess is Newman 6th, Hayes 12th, Taylor 16th, Kramer 22nd/23rd.

        If Kingham were healthy Newman would be 7th as my guess. I think his OFP is similar to Hanson and there seems to be more consensus on his ability to stick at SS.

  2. Tim – when’s the new top 30? You and the other guys buy a case of Red Bull and make it happen soon.

  3. Like his potential. I think this was a wise use of the pick. He he can successfully manage the minefields of the minors…ETA late summer 2020/21

  4. That is good news, as signing HS kids is not always a given….that happened much faster than I would have expected.

    Charlie Hayes was a solid, and probably underrated 3B – a good hitter, had some pop, and played a decent 3B.

    • This was a solid pick at a position where the Pirates have little or no power south of JHAY, and we have to like that this kid wants to get on with it – a plus for character and upbringing.

  5. Well that was quick. Being a high school kid with room to grow, I kind of expected him to be a bit tougher to sign, but perhaps he felt getting into the system early would be better for his career in the long run.

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