Keston Hiura
22-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers AA
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Brewers in June of 2017 that includes a $4 million signing bonus.
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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His batting average has dipped from .302 to .286 over this mini slump, but while his .778 OPS may not meet the expectations of his dynasty-league owners, he has still been 21 percent better (121 wRC+) than the average Southern League hitter. Hiura figures to finish out the season with the Shuckers, receive an invite to big-league spring training, and then get assigned to Triple-A at the outset of the 2019 season. Milwaukee's acquisition of Jonathan Schoop, who is under team control through the 2019 season, at this year's trade deadline will allow the Brewers to hold Hiura down next season until he forces their hand.
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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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Three-hit performance for Double-A squad
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
June 14, 2018
Hiura went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and a walk Wednesday for Double-A Biloxi in its 6-5 win over Mississippi.
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Promoted to Double-A
2BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
May 31, 2018
Hiura was promoted to Double-A Biloxi on Thursday, Tyler Maun of MiLB.com reports.
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