This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
The final update to the Top 400 Prospect Rankings is live and the team Top 20s and prospect ETAs will be fully up to date by Wednesday. My process now shifts to preparing for 2021, which includes doing deep dives on every prospect on the top 400 who did anything of note in 2020. This means that the top 400 will evolve over the offseason, but this final update is a good starting point for anyone doing their prep for which guys to hold next year and which guys to target in first-year player drafts.
Ke'Bryan Hayes is a prospect who entered my top-50 for the first time in August 2018, got as high as 18 overall in April of 2019, but generally hung around the 25-55 range for the last 25 months. I've always thought of him as hit over power (potentially plus hit and above-average power) with at least above-average speed (81st percentile according to Statcast). He played in some pitcher-friendly environments in the minors that suppressed his offensive output, but the reason he stayed in the top-50 was because I thought the power would eventually come in games. Well, he wasted no time proving that to be the case. This is an example of why I prefer players to develop their hit tool first and let the power come later. He is now a top-20 prospect and I could see myself bumping him even further as I work on my list for 2021 over the next 3-4