Brubaker, Hayes honored

For the Mirror

PITTSBURGH — The Curve’s J.T. Brubaker and Ke’Bryan Hayes were honored as the Pirates minor league pitcher and player of the year, respectively.

The announcements were made before Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brubaker made six starts for the Curve before he was promoted to Class AAA Indianapolis. Hayes spent the entire year with the Curve.

Brubaker’s combined record at AA and AAA was 10-6 with a 2.81 earned run average. He struck out 131.

Brubaker, a 24-year-old rightahnder, was the Pirates’ sixth-round selection in the 2015 draft.

Minor league director Larry Broadway termed his level of improvement “remarkable.”

Hayes, 20, batted .293 with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 47 runs batted in over 117 games.

He was a supplemental first-round pick, the 32nd player chosen overall in 2015. His .978 fielding percentage was best among all minor league third basemen.

“Equally impressive as his defensive work was the offensive improvements he made this year,” Broadway said.

Mehno can be reached at johnmehnocolumn@gmail.com

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