This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
A few days ago, Milwaukee optioned Keston Hiura to the minor leagues temporarily suspending what has been a horrendous season for the young hitter. He heads to the minors with a .152/.247/.266 batting line in 89 plate appearances with a 36 percent strikeout rate. We are talking about a player who had an ADP of 71 this year, going as high as 42nd overall in NFBC drafts.
Hiura is not the only top-100 pick struggling (looking at you Freddie Freeman), but with these awful 2021 numbers coming on the heels of the disappointing 2020 numbers, perhaps there is a lesson for all of us. I include myself as I took him 77th overall in my RotoWire Online Championship in mid-March and just cut him this past FAAB period to make room for Willie Calhoun on my roster. I did not want to cut him, but with Gio Urshela, Mike Moustakas, Kyle Seager, Justin Upton and Jarred Kelenic on the bench it was tough to justify cutting the kid or one of the four active players for someone who could be in the minors for a while. Cutting a top-100 pick five weeks into the season takes some conviction as I am in the 3 percent of leagues where Hiura is now a free agent while he is somehow still being started in 44 percent of other leagues. Let's look at what has gotten Hiura to this point and why many others are not ready to join the