Hickory today


Dillon Tate courtesy of minorleagueball.com

Hey guys, I’ll be making my 1st run over to Hickory of the season this afternoon to see the Hickory Crawdads take on the Kannapolis Intimidators.

High profile righty Dillon Tate gets the start for the Crawdads and 2014 5th rd pick Zach Thompson starts for the Intimidators.

Other Crawdads I’m looking forward to seeing:

CF Eric Jenkins- a speedster drafted in the 2nd rd last yr.

2B- Andy Ibanez- Cuban import, advanced hitter and glove at 2B

SS- Yeyson Yrizarri- a raw youngster with loud tools

3B- TiQuan Forbes- a raw youngster with loud tools


Intimidators I’m looking forward to seeing:

SS- Johan Cruz- good well rounded player

1B- Corey Zangari- A strong young man, have to see the hit tool.

Should be a fun one, I’ll be live Tweeting throughout the game @AshevilleSoxFan and you can expect write ups over the next few days. Cheers




My 1st look at Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, WV Power


courtesy of bigleaguebaseballacademy.com

Hey guys I took a run down to Greenville last night and saw the Drive (Red Sox) take on the West Virginia Power (Pirates).

Two good squads and I’ll be doing a lot of writing about both teams. Up 1st today, I wanted to post my initial thoughts on high profile third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes.

Before I get into this piece I have to call out the Power 1st.


I got to the park two hours early yesterday to see the WV Power batting practice and came away very frustrated because there are no numbers on the Power practice uniforms.  Trying to figure out who was who on a team I never saw before is difficult to say the least.  I was able to figure out some of the guys but missed a bunch too. Dating back to last year I’ve now seen over half of the league in BP and this is the only team I’ve seen with no numbers on the practice jerseys.  I hope there are no others.

Sorry I had to get that off of my chest.


3B) Ke’Bryan Hayes, age 19, listed 6’1″ 210 lbs (I’d guess he’s 10 pounds lighter than that), he bats and throws right.  Hayes was drafted 32nd overall by the Pirates out of high school in Tomball, Tx (Houston area).  He’s the son of former major leaguer Charlie Hayes.

Hayes is long and lean and looks in excellent shape. He’s got some wiry strength to him and he showed impressive bat speed last night. His swing is linear and his game is spraying line drives and sharp grounders from gap to gap.  That approach tends to lead to good batting averages but can limit the power.  It will be interesting to see how often he turns on inside fastballs.  With the bat speed he generates he’s got above average raw power but I don’t see more than 8-10 HR’s with his current approach.

Hayes didn’t seem overly aggressive last night as he took some close pitches and he showed a good feel for the barrel.  He should have a solid contact rate and walk rate.

Defensively Hayes looked good at third base, he displayed very good hands, good feet and a strong throwing arm.  I didn’t get a good read on his range yet.

Hayes isn’t super toolsy but there’s a lot to work with here, good player.

Here we get a lot of good looks at his swing, courtesy of piratesprospects.com