Hays could serve as Baltimore's leadoff hitter once the season begins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Although Hays didn't have the most impressive spring as he hit .179/.273/.286 with three extra-base hits and seven strikeouts over 33 plate appearances, he's still likely on track to start the season as the Orioles' center fielder and their leadoff hitter. The 24-year-old only appeared in 21 major-league games last season, but he managed to record a .373 on-base percentage with four home runs and 13 RBI.
Hays is not in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox. He is hitting .333 with four home runs and two steals in his last 10 games. Stevie Wilkerson is starting in center field and batting seventh.
Hays went 3-for-8 with two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base Monday in an 11-10 loss to the Blue Jays. Hays hit a three-run shot in the third inning and added a solo home run in the fifth frame. Hays has hit all four of his home runs in the last five games. The 24-year-old is now hitting .314/.364/.627 through 16 games this season.
Hays went 1-for-6 with a two-run homer against the Mariners on Saturday. It was hardly a standout performance from Hays, though he made his only hit count as he tied the game in the eighth inning with his second long ball of the season. He's now riding a four-game hitting streak, though he's recorded multiple hits in just one of those contests.
Hays is not starting Tuesday against Toronto, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Hays has started five of the last nine games, going 6-for-22 with a pair of doubles at the plate. Mason Williams starts in center field Tuesday.