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Indy Watch: Defense still a staple for Hayes

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Ke'Bryan Hayes makes a play at third base for the Indians. — INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — On the heels of winning back-to-back Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, Indianapolis third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes continues to flash the leather.

Known for his defensive prowess at the hot corner, Hayes has had little trouble taking opposing hitters to task in the field, and he’s off to another solid start as the 2019 campaign is in full swing.

A 6-foot-1, 210-pound third baseman, Hayes has just one error in 31 games this season, good enough for a .987 fielding percentage. For his career, he carries a .971 fielding percentage.

It’s nothing new for the player who was taken by the Pirates in the first round in 2015 out of Concordia Lutheran High School in Texas. In 2017, he posted a .974 fielding percentage, which was a new Florida State League record. He followed that up with a .978 percentage a year ago to lead all minor-league third basemen.

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