Orioles tap Hays as top Minor Leaguer

No. 2 Baltimore prospect's breakout year earns him Robinson award

Austin Hays skipped Triple-A en route to his Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles. (Terrance Williams/MiLB.com)

By Michael Leboff / MiLB.com | September 22, 2017 12:49 AM ET

Just over two weeks after making his Major League debut, Austin Hays added another feather to his already crowded cap Thursday. 

Baltimore's No. 2 prospect was named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, capping off a breakout campaign that found him jumping straight from Double-A Bowie to the Major Leagues. 

Video: Bowie's Hays crushes two-run shot

Prior to reaching "The Show," Hays posted a .330/.367/.594 slash line with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs over 64 games in the Eastern League. Those numbers were nearly identical to the ones he put up at Class A Advanced Frederick, where he went deep 16 times and drove in 41 runs while sporting a .328/.364/.592 line. MLB.com's No. 91 prospect finished this season tied for second in the Minors with 32 homers overall.

Since being taken in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, Hays has hit .330/.370/.576 with 36 long balls and 116 RBIs in 166 career Minor League games.

Since joining the Orioles on Sept. 5, the 22-year-old outfielder is batting .290/.313/.452 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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