Keston Hiura
Keston Hiura
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Triple-A pitchers provided little challenge, and Hiura earned his first trip to the majors in mid-May thanks to a Travis Shaw injury. Hiura showed the hitting skills that made him a Top-10 prospect in baseball, but the Brewers still sent him back down when Shaw returned. Shaw struggled mightily, and Hiura became a regular in the big-league lineup in late June. All he did after that was impress at the plate, posting a .956 OPS the rest of the way. Hiura did strike out in 30.7 percent of his MLB at-bats last year, but he has the bat speed to cut that at least closer to league average. Of greater concern is Hiura's defense, which won't hurt his value in most formats but could lead to him being subbed out for a defensive replacement more than desired. Despite the flaws Hiura will be an everyday player and hit near the top of the batting order, and he has all the tools to be a five-category contributor. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $4 million contract with the Brewers in June of 2017.
Not in Tuesday's lineup
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 22, 2020
Hiura is not starting Tuesday against the Reds.
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Hiura hits the bench for the first time all season after going 2-for-16 with 10 strikeouts in his last five games. It's been a frustrating sophomore campaign for him overall, as he's hit just .215/.308/.436 after breaking into the league with a .303/.368/.570 line last year. Jace Peterson will get the nod at second base in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
17
1
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
3
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+52%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .694 143 12 3 15 3 .246 .329 .365
Since 2018vs Right .898 447 69 29 66 9 .274 .345 .554
2020vs Left .723 60 7 2 9 0 .255 .350 .373
2020vs Right .718 182 23 11 23 3 .204 .286 .432
2019vs Left .673 83 5 1 6 3 .240 .313 .360
2019vs Right 1.021 265 46 18 43 6 .322 .385 .636
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .901 264 38 16 40 7 .273 .360 .541
Since 2018Away .831 308 42 16 41 5 .266 .331 .500
2020Home .695 117 14 6 15 2 .198 .299 .396
2020Away .796 107 15 7 17 1 .234 .318 .479
2019Home 1.062 147 24 10 25 5 .331 .408 .654
2019Away .849 201 27 9 24 4 .283 .338 .511
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Keston Hiura compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.19
 
BB Rate
6.5%
 
K Rate
34.6%
 
BABIP
.273
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.212
 
OBP
.297
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.707
 
wOBA
.325
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.1%
 
Barrels/PA
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Homers in second straight
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 16, 2020
Hiura went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run during the loss to the Cardinals in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.
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Launches 12th home run
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 16, 2020
Hiura went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk while recording four total RBI in the Brewers' 18-3 Tuesday night victory over the Cardinals.
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Slugs 11th homer
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 5, 2020
Hiura went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Saturday against Cleveland.
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Two extra-base hits
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 5, 2020
Hiura went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Friday's win over Cleveland.
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Goes yard in win
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 2, 2020
Hiura went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Tigers.
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