HAYDEN HURST
FIRST BASEMAN
Born: August 24, 1993
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 235
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 17th Round, 526th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
High School: The Bolles School, FL
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Hurst is a big guy who’s reached 95 with his fastball.  It sits at 88-92.  His other pitches still need work.  He had Tommy John surgery while he was still in 8th grade.  Baseball America rated Hurst the 405th best talent in the draft.  He also hit well as a first baseman when he wasn’t pitching.  Hurst had a commitment to Florida State, but he signed shortly before the deadline for well over the slot amount.  At the time he signed he hadn’t pitched for an extended period, so the Pirates didn’t try to get him into any games.  He pitched in only one game, though, through spring of 2014.  At that point, the Pirates moved him to first base.

2013
R:  0-0-0, 27.00 ERA, 15.00 WHIP, 0.1 IP, 135.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

Hurst was able to pitch only once and it obviously didn’t go well.  He walked all five batters he faced — the only out he recorded came on the bases — and also threw two wild pitches.

I don’t know how much of Hayden’s absence from the mound was injury-related, but in 2014 the Pirates moved him to first.  He was assigned to the GCL.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

HS
W-L
G
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2011 2-4 10 54.0 35 0 19 61 1.00 .197 2.33
2012 5-1
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $400,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round, 526th overall pick; signed on July 12.