The all-time Spring Training Pittsburgh Pirates team

The best line-up based on performance by Pittsburgh Pirates' players in Spring Training.

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Mar 5, 2024; Bradenton, Florida, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) during
Mar 5, 2024; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) during / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Third Base
Ke’Bryan Hayes

We finally get to a somewhat household name in Pirates’ history in Ke’Bryan Hayes. The most recent Gold Glove winner, and the one to stop Nolan Arenado’s rein on the position, Hayes finally broke out with the bat last year, hitting .271/.309/.453 with a .324 wOBA, and 101 wRC+. But Hayes has always been a great Spring Training hitter.

He has 219 plate appearances where he has batted .374/.402/.684. Although he rarely draws a walk with a five percent walk rate, he also has an outstanding 14.6 percent strikeout rate. For someone who only started to hit for power last year after making adjustments, he has a .311 isolated slugging percentage as a Spring Training batter. Overall, he has a .454 wOBA and 179 wRC+. Keep in mind, these are still counting as Hayes has had an outstanding 2024 Spring Training.

Since Hayes made his spring debut in 2018, he is one of just 54 players with an isolated slugging percentage above .300 in MLB. Only six other third basemen have reached that mark as well. The only third baseman with a that has a higher wRC+ is Colton Welker, though both are tied in wOBA at .454 for the highest water mark.

Honorable mentions: Phillip Evans, David Freese, Casey McGehee