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Keston Hiura

Keston Hiura

2B | B/T: R/R | 5' 11" 190 | Age: 23
Draft: 2017 (Rd: 1, #9, Milwaukee Brewers) - UC Irvine
Valencia, CA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 241 216 33 65 14 33 7 .301 .373 .574 .948
1 Season 241 216 33 65 14 33 7 .301 .373 .574 .948
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .301 14 33 7 .948
1 Season .301 14 33 7 .948

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 MIL NL 58 241 216 33 65 13 2 14 33 19 74 7 3 6 .301 .373 .574 .948
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 MIL NL 241 124 87 0 0 .398 29 1 22 927 3.85 .307 .058 .257 .273 .273 1

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Arm: 45 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60

Hiura led NCAA Division I hitters with a .442 average in 2017 as a UC Irvine junior and was widely considered by scouts as the top pure hitter in his class, though concerns about a balky right elbow that had limited him to DH duties and might eventually require Tommy John surgery scared away some teams ahead of the Draft. The Brewers were not one of them, as they selected Hiura with the No. 9 overall pick, signed him for below slot value at $4 million and then watched him tear up his pro debut. He continued to rake in his first full season, first in the Class A Advanced Carolina League and then in Double-A, earning a Futures Game selection along the way. Hiura tied a bow on his year with a standout performance as the Arizona Fall League's MVP.

Hiura's swing is a thing of beauty, as he combines explosive bat speed and good physical strength with tremendous bat-to-ball skills and barrel awareness. It enables him to generate consistently loud contact, with the ball jumping off his bat to all fields. That preternatural feel for impacting the baseball fuels Hiura's projection as a potential plus-plus hitter who also offers at least above-average game power. Though not a basestealing threat, Hiura does possess average speed and earns high marks for his baserunning and awareness.

The Brewers believed that Hiura could make a successful recovery from his elbow injury without needing surgery, and he completed a throwing program in Rookie ball during his pro debut before appearing in games at second base without issue during instructs and in 2018. He's an average defender at the position, with decent actions and footwork, though his below-average arm strength can be exposed on longer throws. Any concerns about Hiura's glove will be outweighed by his huge upside as a middle-of-the-order bat, as there are few players in the Minors who can rival his combination of hitting ability and power.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 927 142 20 14.1 92.1 18.0 .261 .508 .397 .362 .494 49.3 30.7 7.9
ALL 927 142 20 14.1 92.1 18.0 .261 .508 .397 .362 .494 49.3 30.7 7.9
MLB 38438 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.4 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/28/2019 Milwaukee Brewers recalled 2B Keston Hiura from San Antonio Missions.
06/03/2019 Milwaukee Brewers optioned 2B Keston Hiura to San Antonio Missions.
05/14/2019 Milwaukee Brewers selected the contract of Keston Hiura from San Antonio Missions.
04/01/2019 2B Keston Hiura assigned to San Antonio Missions from Biloxi Shuckers.
02/04/2019 Milwaukee Brewers invited non-roster 2B Keston Hiura to spring training.
06/01/2018 2B Keston Hiura assigned to Biloxi Shuckers from Carolina Mudcats.
04/03/2018 2B Keston Hiura assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
01/19/2018 Milwaukee Brewers invited non-roster 2B Keston Hiura to spring training.
09/02/2017 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers activated DH Keston Hiura from the 7-day disabled list.
08/18/2017 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers placed DH Keston Hiura on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 16, 2017.
07/18/2017 2B Keston Hiura assigned to Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from AZL Brewers.
06/22/2017 2B Keston Hiura assigned to AZL Brewers.
06/21/2017 Milwaukee Brewers signed 2B Keston Hiura.