Keston Hiura
22-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
One of the best hitters in the minors, Hiura was challenged (by his standards) for the first time at Double-A, but closed out the year strong, being named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League. He hit .323/.371/.563 with five homers and a 28:6 K:BB in 96 at-bats in the AFL, where he was sent to get more reps at second base, as an elbow injury limited him to DH duty early in his pro career. A side effect of his offensive exploits in the AFL may be that he needs less time at Triple-A before the Brewers summon their top prospect to the majors. He will need to force the issue, but if he appears to have mastered Pacific Coast League pitching, he could get the call early this summer. Hiura should hit for a high average -- he is a career .313 hitter in 165 minor-league games. He is aggressive at the plate, but regularly barrels balls to all fields, so that approach should work for him. Hiura may develop 25-homer pop and could chip in 10-plus steals early in his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Brewers in June of 2017 that includes a $4 million signing bonus.
Invited to big-league camp
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
January 16, 2019
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Hiura has yet to reach Triple-A, and he has no real shot at making the Opening Day roster. He should open the season at the highest level of the minors but may be up midseason if he builds off of his MVP-winning performance at the Arizona Fall League. Milwaukee's current best alternatives at the keystone are Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Looking to add an impact bat with their first selection in the 2017 draft, the Brewers snapped up Hiura with the ninth overall pick. His statistics from his final collegiate season speak directly to his potential at the plate -- he led the country in both batting average (.442) and OBP (.567) while adding 33 extra-base hits and walking more than he struck out over his 199 at-bats. Further demonstrating that he possesses a special bat, he posted a 1.033 OPS in his first professional season. It won't be long before Hiura is ready to hit in the big leagues, while likely manning the keystone. An elbow injury has limited him -- not much, clearly -- since 2016, but he hopes to put that behind him this offseason. His potential to hit for a very high average while hitting 20-plus home runs and qualifying at a scarce position make him one of the top two or three targets for dynasty leagues from last year's draft class. As an advanced college hitter, he should move quickly and could reach the majors as soon as 2019.
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Named AFL MVP
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
November 19, 2018
Hiura was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
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In mini slump at Double-A
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
August 8, 2018
Hiura is 4-for-23 with six strikeouts and one walk over his last six games for Double-A Biloxi.
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Strikes out twice in Futures Game
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
July 16, 2018
Hiura struck out in both of his plate appearances in Sunday's Futures Game.
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Back from thumb injury
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
July 6, 2018
Hiura (thumb sprain) is expected to return to the lineup for Double-A Biloxi on Friday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Dealing with thumb strain
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
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July 3, 2018
Hiura has not played in a game since June 29 as he deals with a left thumb strain, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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