Pirates Name Their Minor League Players-Of-The-Year

Ke'Bryan Hayes And J.T. Brubaker Honored

Eric Hagman
September 21, 2018 - 6:31 pm
KeBryan Hayes

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates Minor League Player-of-the-Year is third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes, while right-handed pitcher J.T. Brubaker was named Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year.  The announcement was made by Senior Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway.

"Ke'Bryan truly deserves this award," Broadway said.  "We are very proud of the work that he has put in to get him to where he is today." 

Hayes spent the entire 2018 season at Double-A Altoona, where he hit .293 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 117 games.  Hayes led all minor league third basemen with a .978 fielding percentage.  The 21-year-old right-handed hitter represented the Pirates organization at the All-Star Futures game in July and hit a two-run homer.  He is rated the Pirates second-best prospect.

The 24-year-old Brubaker went a combined 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 28 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.  

"J.T. had a tremendous season," said Broadway.  "He improved in virtually every category while logging more innings and pitching against the highest level of minor league competition."

Among those Brubaker beat out for the honor is the Pirates number one overall prospect Mitch Keller, who went 12-4 for Altoona and Indianapolis.