Hiura was selected ninth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft and has cruised through the minors with ease. Across all levels in 2017 and 2018, he combined to hit 22 home runs in 748 at-bats. However, he’s unlocked his raw power this year with Triple-A San Antonio, crushing 11 long balls in his first 129 at-bats.
The 5-foot-11 infielder lead all NCAA Division I players with a ridiclous .442 batting average with UC Irvine before the Brewers selected him. He received a 70 hitting grade and a 60 power grade on the standard 20-80 MLB scouting range; in other words, Hiura’s abilities at the plate are outstanding.
There are some concerns about his defensive abilities, but playing at second base limits the amount of throwing mistakes he can make. Still, his offensive prowess makes up for his lack of defensive skills. Hiura has also flashed some speed on the basepath, swiping 15 bases in 2018. Even with the increase in power, he’s managed to steal four so far this season.
It’s unclear when Hiura will make his big-league debut or whether he’ll carve out a regular role. The most likely scenario would be sending Mike Moustakas back to third base and benching Travis Shaw who is still hitting below the Mendoza line.
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