2021 Dynasty Player Of The Week: Ke’Bryan Hayes

by Nick Zaniboni
2021 MiLB Prospect Notes 6-3-21

Welcome back to our 2021 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week, where we will be covering Pirates third basemen Ke'Bryan Hayes.  Last week, we looked at Mariners starting pitcher Longan Gilbert. A quick refresher about what the next few weeks:

The next few weeks will be slightly different. As I've stated before, I am a big WWE fan. With being a wrestling fan there are usually various different types a matches. My favorite WWE pay-per-view is called Money in the Bank. The concept is that 6-8 wrestlers try to retrieve a briefcase above the ring. This briefcase has a contract for an opportunity for a World Heavyweight championship belt. This match (or cash-in) can happen whenever the contract holder sees fit. Usually, the competitors are on the come-up and are trying to make their way towards the Main Event.

In the coming weeks, I will profiling six players I think can "cash in" during the second half of the year and become stars in future seasons. For the last week, I will be writing out the "match" by talking about all six players, eventually coming out with our "Mr. Money in the Bank." For this, I recruited my Internet friends and fellow wrestling/baseball fans @MichaelWaterloo and @bryanjoiner to help me create a list of guys that would be great for this "match"...


One: Logan Gilbert

Two: Ke'Bryan Hayes

Three: Alek Manoah

Four: Jarren Duran

Five: Michael Kopech

Six: Alex Kirilloff

Seven: The winner

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2021 Dynasty Player Of The Week: Ke'Bryan Hayes

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Hayes with the Pedigree

Not only does this fit the theme of wrestling in the article, but also it insinuates that he has a pedigree in baseball. In the biz, we call that a double entendre.

Up until this past Father's Day, I had no clue the Hayes had a father that played in the big leagues. The MLB tweet showcased Vlad, Bo, Tatis, Hayes, and their fathers. I then did some research, and I eventually stumbled onto former MLB'er Charlie Hayes. He was not what we call a world-beater. However, he managed to find a place in the league for around 12 years. That is certainly a better job than I will ever have.

Back to Ke'Bryan, he was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 2015 MLB Draft in the first round with the 32nd overall pick. Drafted out of high school, Hayes was looked at as somewhat of a "project" but had a very high ceiling. He was ranked 44th overall according to MLB Pipeline.

(Sample) Size Does Not Always Matter

Hayes has been in the bigs for a total of 252 at-bats. This is indeed not a lot of at-bats; however, what we saw is promising. Hayes slashed a mean .302/.375/.500. What stuck out was the average; he was typically a mid-high .200's hitter. When he made his debut last year, he hit .376 in 20 games; Although this is impossible to sustain, he showed he could hit in the bigs. Hayes showed what he could be, and expectations were high going into this season.

This season did not start strong for Hayes; he battled a wrist injury to begin the year. As he was rehabbing on the ten-day IL he re-injured it and was placed on the 60 day IL. On June 3rd, Hayes was active after his stint on the IL. He has shown since being healthy that he is still a hitter that you can count on.

As a dynasty manager, it is always encouraging to see the players on your roster are adjusting to the big league level. There are managers all over the country trying to figure out what the hell to do with Jarred Kelenic. It is essential to be patient with these kids, and yes, in some cases, they are kids. At 21, I messed up at work, and I didn't have anyone tweeting about it. Although I'm sure, someone tweeted about how I messed up their order at the bar. So maybe I am more like Kelenic than I once thought.

Dynasty Verdict

Here we go. It's time for what you have all been waiting for? What does Nick Zaniboni think about Ke'Bryan Hayes? He is my guy. It is not a mistake that the first two players I am profiling in this money in the bank series are two guys I am obsessed with.

With that being said, his baseball savant page is pretty boring because of such a small sample size. However, a simple eye test and you can see Hayes can play and will probably be a mainstay on your dynasty team for years to come. He will gain power as he gets more "grown," and I genuinely believe that he will be not only a guy, but he will be the guy for third basemen in the coming years.

Hayes will hopefully play as long as his father did and more than likely will be a better player than him as well. I will see you next week to discuss Alek Manoah!

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