Ke’Bryan Hayes defensive prowess has finally paid off. For the first time in his career, the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman has won a Gold Glove.
Hayes was named the National League Gold Glove winner over fellow National League third base finalists Ryan McMahon (Rockies) and Austin Riley (Braves). Hayes’ win ends Nolan Arenado’s streak of 10 consecutive wins. Arenado had won the award in each of his first 10 seasons to begin his career.
For Hayes, he becomes the first Pirates’ third baseman in franchise history to be awarded a Gold Glove. Hayes led all third basemen across the league this season with 21 Defensive Runs Saved according to the Fielding Bible and was fourth in DRS regardless of position. He trailed only Daulton Varsho (29 – Blue Jays), Fernando Tatis Jr. (27 – Padres) and Andres Gimenez (23 – Guardians).
Since making his debut in 2020, Hayes leads all major league players with 65 defensive runs saved, according to Fangraphs. That’s 22 more DRS than any other players — three players are tied with 43.
In addition to leading baseball in defensive runs saved since 2020, Hayes is also atop the Fangrahs leaderboards with 51 outs above average.
The last Pirates player to win a Gold Glove was catcher Jacob Stallings in 2021. 19 different Pirates have taken home a Rawlings Gold Glove since the award was first presented in 1958.
In addition to his stellar defense, Hayes took a big step forward at the plate this season. The 26-year-old hit ..271 with a .762 OPS, 31 doubles, seven triples, 15 home runs and 61 RBIs in 124 games.