Weight: 207 lbs.
60 yard dash: 7.06 seconds (recorded by Perfect Game)
IF throw: 88 MPH (recorded by Perfect Game)
The son of long-time big leaguer Charlie Hayes, Ke'Bryan shows a high baseball IQ, potential plus hit tool and improving athletic traits. Not especially explosive, Hayes is nonetheless a fluid mover who has done a good job of getting rid of bad weight and improving his physique of the course of his prep career. He's a below-average athlete for third base at present, but his IF actions show promise and he may be able to stick there in the long term. Left field and first base are other potential positions for Hayes if the hot corner proves too challenging, but Hayes shows a good understanding of how to field his position and he should have enough arm to stay there.
Hayes' best trait by far is his bat. Employing a simple setup with little wasted motion, Hayes has an all-fields line drive approach. He has very active hands that allow him to get the barrel to the ball no matter where it is thrown. He has natural power in his build but doesn't sell out for home runs; while he may not be a perennial 30 HR slugger, he has potential to hit for high averages with doubles coming in bunches, and deposit mistake pitches into the seats. As a hitter, he is reminiscent of Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.
Any player with a potential 60 hit tool, which Hayes possesses, is sure to be coveted by major league clubs. Also working in Hayes' favor are his major league bloodlines, good defensive instincts and solid-average power. He's not the dynamo athlete that some players in this prep class are, but his bat could carry him to the majors on its own. He's a player who should not be undersold and could slot into the heart of an MLB batting order someday.
If everything comes together for Hayes he could be a #5 or 6 hitter with a high average and solid power who plays an adequate third base. Plate discipline, pitch recognition and handling premium velocity will be focuses for him as a pro as he seeks to maximize the value of his bat.
Projected Draft Round
Hayes could go between the supplemental first round and the second round.
Will he sign?
Committed to Tennessee, Hayes will have to be wooed but Jim Callis writes "he's one ofthe more signable top prospects in the Texas high school crop."
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