The Milwaukee Brewers made a decision at the beginning of the year to designate their former ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft for assignment. They openly announced that they were looking to trade this once highly regarded hitting prospect, but no deal was made. This could have taken all of the wind out of Keston Hiura’s sail, but instead he is forcing eyes and attention back on him by dominating in Triple-A Nashville.
We are one month into the minor league season and the Nashville Sounds have awarded Keston Hiura player of the week on three out of four occasions. The big question now is if the Brewers will give credit where it is due and promote him or not.
Keston Hiura wins his third player of the week award. Will the Milwaukee Brewers promote him?
Through 23 games Keston Hiura is slashing an absurd .325/.383/.687 with a 1.070 OPS, nine home runs, and 24 runs batted in. His strike out rate is below his career average and currently sits at 26.6%. Is this enough for Milwaukee to consider re-adding him to the 40-man roster and promoting him to the big leagues?
From a performance stand point it’s hard to argue that Hiura should not get called up. However there are concerns that this won’t translate at the MLB level because that has been the case with him in the past.
In spite of that, another layer of complexity to add is the fact that Luke Voit has struggled in Hiura’s previous role with the Brewers that is back up first baseman and occasional designated hitter. This currently makes Milwaukee’s decision a bit tougher, but if their leash on Luke Voit reaches an end we may see Keston Hiura get promoted.
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