PITTSBURGH — We all know what Ke’Bryan Hayes is capable of with the glove at third base after being a finalist for the Gold Glove in 2022.
Last year, Hayes led all major league players with 24 defensive runs saved. This year, Hayes has already accumulated six defensive runs saved at the hot corner as his impressive defense has been on full display.
At the plate, things haven’t gone quite as well for Hayes to begin his big league career. That’s not to say Hayes hasn’t shown he can handle the bat at times.
In his first taste of the big leagues in 2020, Hayes hit .376 with a 1.124 OPS and five home runs in 24 games. Since then, however, Hayes hasn’t been able to perform at a high level at the plate.
His 2023 season didn’t begin on the right foot either at the plate, but his luck is starting to change of late.