Pittsburgh Pirates: Impressive Rookie Seasons in Franchise History

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After seeing Ke’Bryan Hayes raise some eyebrows, I have been reminded of other Pittsburgh Pirates rookies to impress their first year. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates have seen their fair share of disappointment throughout the years, and this year is no different. Some fans have become relatively numb to the pain. Some fans still feel the pain with each loss, and yes, even some don’t care and will never care. For all the fans that care and are paying attention, there is one player on this roster that has eased the pain slightly. His name is Ke’Bryan Hayes, and he has not disappointed in his short time with the big club.

In just his short time here with Pittsburgh, he has risen some eyebrows with his impressive play. We all knew that his defense was top notch at the hot corner, but it was his bat that came into question. You could instantly tell that he put in some work at the Pirates alternate site in Altoona, and that was evident in his first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 2-5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs to boot.

Hayes is not the only Pirate rookie to impress in their first season, though. There have been several Pirate rookies throughout the years who have put a stamp on the year, and I’m here to reveal who they are. (Disclaimer: These names are not in order or ranks.)