Two of the Pirates’ most promising Major Leaguers earned honors from MLB Pipeline on Tuesday. Ke’Bryan Hayes and David Bednar were each named to the site’s All-Rookie Second Team.
Injuries limited Hayes to just 96 games this season but the third baseman was still an effective player, especially on the defensive end. Despite the limited number of games, Hayes led all third basemen with 16 defensive runs saved at the hot corner. He was also near the top of the leaderboards in both UZR and defensive WAR.
Offensively, Hayes slashed .257/.316/.373 with 20 doubles, two triples, six homers 38 runs driven in and nine steals. After suffering injuries to his hand/wrist, Hayes wasn’t able to display as much power as he did in his fist taste of the big leagues a year ago, but finished the season strong in terms of base hits.
Bednar enjoyed a breakout year in his first season with the Pirates. The Pittsburgh-native pitched in 61 games with the Bucs in 2021 totaling 60.2 innings. He posted a 2.23 ERA/2.69 FIP and struck out 77 against just 19 walks. He enjoyed a stretch of 12 straight appearances from Aug. 12 until his last game of the season where he surrendered one run.
The recently-turned 27-year-old became a staple in the Pirates bullpen and seems to be the leading candidate for the Pirates’ closer in 2022.
The entire first and second teams can be found here:
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 12, 2021