12/27/2018 - Under Armour Baseball Factory Recruiting Classic (Ages 14-18)
Hayden continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Behind the plate, feet work in line to his target through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.3. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centers balls well out front, and is a wall behind dish. At the plate, hitting abilities have improved through an athletic setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and a leader behind the plate.
05/27/2018 - College PREP - Salem, OR
Hayden is a long, athletic built C/OF prospect who has a versatile skill set. Offensively, Hayden has a tall setup with his weight in the back of his stance. He has a good load with a long stride as he partially uses his lower half throughout his swing. Hayden has a direct swing path with a line drive approach. He has the ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. Behind the plate, Hayden works hard and reads the ball well. He presents a high target and receives the ball with a firm glove. Hayden does a nice job blocking the baseball and is quick to recover. He throws from a 3/4 arm slot with a restricted arm action. In the field, Hayden plays with effective footwork and makes the routine plays. He covers good ground and presents his glove as he fields the ball in a square position. Hayden has a long exchange leading into a restricted arm action throwing from a 3/4 arm slot. Overall, Hayden is a well-rounded prospect who has potential to get even better.