Ke’Bryan Kobe Hayes (first name pronounced “Key-Bryan”)...Is a 2015 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, TX, where he hit .436 (41-for-94) with 16 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 27 RBI and 12 stolen bases as a senior...Helped lead his high school team to the 2015 TAPPS state championship after recording a game-winning, go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning...Was a 2015 pre-season Perfect Game All-American and Texas All-Region first-team selection...Played for the Team USA Junior National team in 2014 and the 2014 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, where he hit .486 (17-for-35) with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in 12 games for the Tournament of Stars...Is the son of 14-year Major Leaguer Charlie Hayes, who played 124 games for the Pirates in 1996 before he was traded to the New York Yankees on August 30...Charlie Hayes led the American League in double plays turned from third base with the Yankees in 1992 and also led the National League in doubles (45) in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies…Ke’Bryan’s brother, Tyree, was an eighth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006 as a pitcher and played six seasons in minor league baseball...Signed by Pirates scout Tyler Stohr.
Began season at the alternate training site in Altoona after testing positive for COVID-19 at the start of summer camp in July...Was recalled on 9/1 and spent the final month of the season with the Pirates...Was named National League Rookie of the Month for September after hitting .376 with seven doubles, two triples, five homers and 11 RBI in 24 games...Ranked fourth with a 1.124 OPS and sixth with a .442 OBP among all Major League players with at least 75 plate appearances in September...Led all N.L. batters with a .314 average with two strikes and was third among all Major League players with a .549 slugging percentage with two strikes...Made his Major League debut on 9/1 vs. Chicago (NL) and went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and three runs scored...Doubled off Jon Lester for first big league hit and connected off Dan Winkler for first home run in his fourth career at-bat...Became the first Pittsburgh player to collect two extra-base hits in first big league game since Walter Mueller on May 7, 1922 at Wrigley Field...Was also the eighth player since 1901 to score three runs and produce two extra-base hits in his Major League debut; the last National League player to do so was Willie McCovey on July 30, 1959 (two triples and three runs vs. Philadelphia)...Produced four doubles, two triples and three home runs in his first 17 big league games; since 1980, only Barry Bonds (10) collected more extra-base hits within the first 17 games of his Pirates career...Finished season with an eight-game hitting streak (16-for-31, .516) and collected eight straight hits at one point over his final three games; the first Pittsburgh player to do that since Andy Van Slyke in 1994... Went 5-for-5 with three doubles on 9/26 at Cleveland; became fourth Pittsburgh rookie to collect at least five hits and three doubles in the same game (also Lee Walls on 5/2/56, Roberto Clemente on 5/29/55 and Kiki Cuyler on 8/9/24)...Hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games and in 20 of his 24 games overall...Committed his only error (throwing to home) on 9/18 vs. Chicago (NL)...Finished sixth in the voting for N.L. Rookie-of-the-Year and was named to the Baseball Digest MLB Rookie All-Star Team.
Won his third straight Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award, making him just the second minor leaguer (also Ramon Conde from 1959-61) to ever win three consecutive Gold Gloves...Posted a career-best .990 fielding percentage; made three errors in 287 total chances in 104 games at third base while playing with Triple-A Indianapolis and three games while on injury rehab with West Virginia...Set minor league career highs in home runs and RBI...Began season with Indianapolis...Hit his International League-leading 17th double on 5/21 at Louisville... Was placed on the 7-day injured list on 6/12 with a left index finger dislocation...Went 1-for-9 with a double and two RBI in three rehab games with West Virginia from 6/29 to 7/2...Ended rehab assignment and was reinstated from I.L. on 7/4...Fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on 7/14 at Columbus...Homered in back-to-back games on 7/13-14 and went 7-for-14 over a three-game span from 7/12-14...Was named International League Player of the Week for the week of 8/19-25 after hitting .522 (12-for-23) with one homer, one double, four RBI, four runs scored and a 1.238 OPS during the week...Hit .327 (34-for-104) in 28 games during the month of August.
Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Player of the Year...Won his second straight Gold Glove at third base; the only repeat Gold Glove winner in all of minor league baseball...Represented the Pirates organization at the All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on 7/15 in Washington, D.C.; hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning...Entered the season ranked as Pittsburgh's fourth-best prospect according to Baseball America; was also listed by the same publication as the "Best Defensive Infielder" in the Pirates minor league system...Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona, where he was named to the Eastern League mid- and post-season All-Star teams...Led all minor league third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage in 116 games played at third base; his .978 fielding percentage was the highest in the Eastern League by any third baseman with at least 75 games played in at least 60 years (data available since 1959)...Made just six errors in 278 total chances while recording 200 assists...Ranked 10th in the Eastern League in batting, fourth in doubles and eighth in extra base hits (45)...Tied for the team lead and finished seventh in the league in OPS (.819)...Ranked second on the team in slugging percentage (.444) and on-base percentage (.375), which ranked 14th and seventh respectively in the league...Finished with the third-most stolen bases in a single season in Curve history...Made Altoona debut as the Curve's Opening Day third baseman on 4/5 vs. Akron...Homered for the first time at the Double-A level on 5/17 vs. Portland...Hit .323 (90-for-279) from 5/26 thru the remainder of the season; his average from 5/26 thru the end of the season was the third-highest in the Eastern League...Went 4-for-5 with three doubles on 6/1 at Hartford, matching his career high in hits...Missed eight games from 6/13-22 after being hit by a pitch on 6/12 at Binghamton...Had nine multi-hit games over a 10-game span between 6/27 and 7/6 while batting .413 (19-for-46) with six extra base hits...Stole a career-best three bases on 7/8 vs. Trenton in the final game before the All-Star break...Started at third base for the Western Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game in Trenton and went 1-for-3 with an RBI-single in the fifth inning...Started at third base at the All-Star Futures Game on 7/15 and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Indians prospect Tristan McKenzie...Hit safely in a career-high 16 straight games from 7/29 to 8/15 (20-for-63, .317)...Missed four games after being pulled from the game on 8/19 at Portland with a shoulder injury...Recorded back-to-back four-hit games on 8/31 and 9/2 at Bowie...Collected his seventh triple on the final day of the regular season on 9/3 to finish tied for the league lead with five other players...Went 14-for-24 (.583) with five multi-hit games, nine RBI and two extra base hits over his last six games of the regular season...Recorded at least one hit in all four games of the Western Division Series vs. Akron...Was ranked as Pittsburgh's second-best prospect, baseball's No. 52 prospect and the fifth-best third base prospect by MLB.com after the season...Was named the "Best Defensive Third Baseman" in the Eastern League by Baseball America following the season.
Began season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's sixth-best prospect...Spent entire season with High-A Bradenton...Ranked first among Florida State League third basemen in fielding percentage (.974) while also leading all third basemen in the league in total chances (307), assists (245) and double plays...Captured his first minor league Gold Glove award...Was named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team...Ranked ninth in the Florida State League in batting, tied for fourth in runs scored and fifth in stolen bases; also had a league-leading 12 sacrifice bunts...Ranked second among all Pirates farmhands in stolen bases.
Spent entire season with Single-A West Virginia, where he was named to the South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star team (started at third base for the Northern team and went 0-for-2)...Hit his first professional home run on 4/18 while recording five RBI.
Began his professional career with the GCL Pirates after being selected by Pittsburgh in the supplemental first round (32nd pick overall) in the First-Year Player Draft...Ranked first in the Gulf Coast League in on-base percentage and second in hitting...Began professional career by reaching base safely in each of his first 11 games...Went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI while making his pro debut on 6/29 against the GCL Yankees 2...Ended the campaign ranked as Pittsburgh's eighth-best prospect.