Pirates prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes earns 2nd consecutive Gold Glove
Altoona Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pirates’ No. 2 minor-league prospect, has been named a repeat recipient of the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for slick work with the glove.
Hayes, 21, led all minor league third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage, an Altoona franchise record and the highest by a third baseman in the Double-A Eastern League since 1959, the earliest the statistic is available. He committed only six errors among a league-high 278 chances at third. He also led all Eastern League third basemen with 116 games played, 72 putouts, 200 assists and 29 double plays.
“Each night, he does something that you don’t think that you’ll see from a third baseman,” Altoona manager Michael Ryan said at the end of the season. “He’s by far the best young third baseman that I’ve ever laid eyes on, just the way he can slow down the game of baseball. He’s a special defender.”
The award is presented to nine recipients, one at each position, selected from players in the 10 full-season minor leagues in the U.S.
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