Line-drive approach geared for contact; will settle for contact; covers the plate well; can work line drives to gaps and up the middle; advanced approach for age/level; above-average bat speed; hands can drift deep and lengthen swing at times; swing plane can get inconsistent between long or choppy.
Above-average raw power; in-game power plays down by contact approach/swing plane; approach settles for line drives; consistent gap production; doesn't consistently utilize lower half to drive ball; occasional arcing home run.
4.35 to first; not impact runner but not station-to-station; will steal occasional base; shows baserunning instincts.
Soft hands; smooth actions at third; average lateral range; decent quickness and footwork; soft glove plays up grade.
Quick arm speed; optimal arm action with straight throws; easy carry with plus arm strength.
There's untapped potential in Hayes that will take tweaks to see it fulfilled. The biggest is above-average to plus raw power that plays down in games because of a contact-geared swing with an occasional choppy plane and lack of lower-half utilization. He has an advanced approach and makes consistent contact, and his value will be carried between an above-average hit tool and strong defense at third base. It's not an impact profile, but it's enough to play every day with the chance for more if adjustments are made.