Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jordan Luplow Get Recognition at Their Position

Baseball America posted their list of the top third base prospects in the minors, putting two Pittsburgh Pirates in their top 20. Ke’Bryan Hayes just missed out on some top 100 prospect lists this year, so he is well-liked around the industry. That got him ranked fifth among all third baseman by Baseball America. Jordan Luplow hasn’t got any mention as a top prospect yet, but he ranks 20th among all third basemen on this list.

Hayes was ranked as the fourth best third basemen by Keith Law, who was one of the people who had Hayes just outside of their top 100 prospects. Hayes nearly won the GCL batting title at the age of 18 after the Pirates took him 32nd overall in the draft last year. He actually lost it on the last day of the season while he was in Morgantown, getting promoted two levels to finish the season and help the Black Bears in the playoffs. He gets praised for outstanding defense and an advanced approach at the plate.

Baseball America rated Luplow as their 14th best prospect in the Pirates’ system, so they are higher on him than most. After a slow start, he had a strong season with West Virginia in 2015, posting a .264/.366/.464 slash line in 106 games. He led all Pirates’ minor leaguers with 36 doubles and finished with a strong 59:67 BB/SO ratio.

The timing of this list goes great with the First Pitch article from this morning, where we posted video of Luplow and Hayes doing fielding drills and in the batting cages. You can read more on each player in that link, as well as video of Connor Joe, who was taking grounders at third base yesterday.

  • Quicky Top 10 poll

    Who will be the better all around catcher….Diaz or McGuire?
    Who will be the better all around OFer….Meadows or Ramirez?
    Who will be the better pitcher: Taillon or Glasnow?

    I am going with Diaz, Meadows and Taillon.

    Your turn. 🙂

    • Cervelli, Ramirez, Glasnow. I like Cervelli – so that’s my answer and I’m sticking with it.

    • Diaz, Meadows, Glasnow

    • -Diaz

    • McGuire, Meadows and Glasnow, but I really think the other 3 guys will have success in the big leagues, too. Then again, I admit to being a bit of a Pollyanna. 🙂

    • Gotta go with Diaz, Meadows, and Taillon. Like you, I became a real convert when I saw that effortless new delivery. If he stays healthy, JT is going to be really something.

  • NMR…I would like to apologize for ‘calling you out’ below. Sometimes what is in print doesn’t come across as the “speaker” meant it. I ‘assumed’ you were being blustery and controlling. You were just presenting an opinion, no different than mine.

    I was out of line. Again, please accept my apology.


    • No need, buddy!

      FWIW, I wasn’t really disagreeing with your opinion of the player – Connor Joe isn’t any more or less likely to succeed than any other marginal prospect, IMO – I was truly just wondering why he doesn’t seem to get the same athletic/versatile/contact love as a lot of other prospects. No harm, no foul.

      • Thank you.

        And I don’t hate the Pirates. 🙂

        I just know, from past prospect lists, not all of them will be as we ‘dream on them”.

        It’s funny how that works…I was down on JT for years. Now, having seen his new delivery, I am probably higher on him than TG, even though JT was out (sorta) for two years. TG and his lack of command scares me. I’ve seen too many highly rated pitchers with ‘great stuff’ but erratic command come and go.

    • And let me say thanks for keeping the YOU-HATE-THE-PIRATES crowd off me for once this winter… 😉

  • Anyone need a ticket for today’s game? I have ONE ticket behind homeplate. Let me know and I will email it to you.

    Airfare not included! 🙂

    • I guess you didn’t make it. Maybe next year.

      • I thought I mentioned that here. 89 year old mother in law is making a habit of ER visits. I hate to say this, but if she was a pet, she’d have been euthanized by now. My mom did the same thing. Last 3 years of her life, she was just a shell. Sad…..

        But, a whole lotta people have it a whole lot worse.

        • My Mom 5 years mother in law two. Hope you guys survive. It’s hard going through that but such is life.

          • Thx.

            My mom lived with my brother for 8 years. They were able to take two vacations in that time, both to the beach 2 hours away, just in case.

            Sure, Mrs Foo and I would love to “travel the world”, but it could be a whole lot worse. We are not fretting our “lot in life” that’s for sure.

            It is just an inconvenience for us. You gotta do what you gotta do.

  • Good stuff. Hey Tim, we should have reader polls where we can vote on our predicted breakout candidates and whatnot (Bucco home run totals, win totals…) for the season and then re-visit them at the end. That would be interactive and fun. I say that cause I’d vote for Luplow as a breakout candidate.

    • That would be interesting to see who we think will breakout, make it to the majors, be a VG (or Star) player, etc, etc.

      We some opinions floating around here from time to time, but it’d be neat to see how everyone feels in some type of poll that users can remain anonymous.

      Some aren’t comfortable with posting their prospect opinions here, esp with the backlash some get.

      • I’m not one them obviously. I’ve totally gotten responses that said “you’re a moron” in no uncertain terms.

        • Well aren’t you?

          🙂 🙂 : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂

          Seriously, that is why I would like an anonymous poll. Some people act as if their opinion is the only correct one.

          Look at the grief NMR gave me over Connor Joe this morn. I sure hope I am wrong, but geez…..

          • You have got to be kidding me…

            • Sorry, but you did go kinda crazy….they’re all just opinions when you get down to it. Of course that is just my opinion. 🙂 🙂

              You didn’t insult me or anything, but I sure did feel like my opinion was less than yours. It doesn’t bother me, but I am just pointing it out.

              Just agree or disagree and move on. I’m not here to win a debate.

        • We should all take solace in the fact that we are all morons deep down.

        • I also have been called such plus others that are worse.

        • no one should be called name when voicing an opinion. If you don’t agree, then state you case I hope this doesn’t become the blogs on Pitt Panthers sites.

    • Also what about a forum? I think it’d great for having discussions that aren’t tied to an article but still have relevance. I think it’d fit a lot better for some of the long winded debates going on in the comments section.

    • Love the idea. Winner gets a case of beer of his choice from that Bucs fan in Maryland.

    • Serious question: How do you guys form these opinions? Do you live in Morgantown, Bradenton, Altoona, etc, or do you watch these minor league games online from Pittsburgh? All I have access to is Tim & Co’s opinion so I would feel like a low information voter.