Following the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, the Brewers elected to call up their top prospect, infielder Keston Hiura. Hiura was taken 9th overall in the 2017 MLB draft out of UC Irvine, and will be the first player from the first round of that draft to make their appearance at the major league level.
Hiura is regarded by many to posses one of the most elite hitting tools by any prospect in recent history. He is one of the only players to have hitting and power grades over 50 on the 1-80 scale. Hiura excelled in the Arizona Fall League a year ago, and was awarded the league’s MVP honors. Hiura has been off to a hot start this year, hitting .333/.408/.698 with 11 home runs over 37 games at Triple-A. Last season, he hit .293/.357/.464 between High-A and Double-A.
The addition comes at a trying time for the Brewers, who have designated INF Cory Spangenberg for assignment and placed INF Travis Shaw on the Injured List. The right-handed bat of Hiura should provide manager Craig Counsell with immediate offensive help, along with lineup balance.