PITTSBURGH — One of the few bright spots of the Pirates' 2020 season didn’t get his moment to shine on the national stage.
The Baseball Writers Association of America announced its finalists for the regular season awards on Monday evening. To the surprise of some, Ke’Bryan Hayes was not a part of the trio deemed worthy of consideration for the National League’s Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award.
The three finalists were infielders Alec Bohm of the Phillies, Jake Cronenworth of the Padres and Brewers relief pitcher Devin Williams.
When comparing Hayes' numbers to Bohm and Cronenworth, the only notable area of separation is time spent in the big leagues. Hayes' 95 plate appearances are far less than Bohm’s 180 and Cronenworth’s 192.
That significant difference could explain why Hayes' slash line of .376/.442/.682 did not hold much weight, despite him being at least 35 points higher than both Bohm and Cronenworth in each of the three metrics.
Although he played in just over half the amount of contests, Hayes still finished with more home runs (five) than the two position position players that are finalists. His 14 extra-base hits are one shy of Bohm’s total of 15. Cronenworth, who played in 10 more games than Bohm, had 22 XBH on the season.
“I don’t see why his name shouldn’t be thrown in the mix,” Derek Shelton said during the final week of the regular season.