The Milwaukee Brewers are calling up top-overall prospect Keston Hiura, Hiura is a second baseman, but more importantly he is a right-handed bat that will be joining a lineup that really needs some production from the right side of the plate. In a corresponding move the Brewers are placing third baseman Travis Shaw on the injured list with a wrist injury, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. This will likely allow the Brewers to play Mike Moustakas at his normal third base spot instead of at second base while Shaw is on the shelf.
The report on Hiura is that he can hit, he can hit, and then he can hit some more. In his two seasons in the minors since being drafted ninth-overall by the Brewers in the 2017 draft he is hitting .316 with a .380 on-base percentage and a .914 OPS with 28 home runs and 102 RBI. On top of those impressive batting numbers, he has shown the ability to steal bases with 21 stolen bases over that time period, but he does need to show the ability to be a more efficient base-stealer because he has been caught 15 times, but the potential to be a good base-stealer is there.
Defensively he doesn’t grade out as well, only being graded as a 50 out of 80 with his glove and a 45 out of 80 with his arm by MLB Pipeline and in the minors he only has a .971 fielding percentage, but his fielding is something he can improve on.
Most importantly though, Hiura can hit. He needs to cut down on strikeouts and increase walks, but he clearly has a lot of potential to be a big-time hitter at the major league level and he will address a need the Brewers have right now for a right-handed bat and he should give a bump to an offense that ranks in the very middle of the league right now in runs scored/game.
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