Keston Hiura Milwaukee Brewers

Age: 24 (August 02, 1996) | 5' 11" | 190lbs. | Bats: Right 2B-49 DH-10 PH-2
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIL A+ 2018 50 206 38 66 14 47 16 3 7 23 4 6 .320 .382 .529 6 21 .386 n/a
MIL AA 2018 73 279 36 76 22 56 18 2 6 20 11 5 .272 .339 .416 7 18 .323 n/a
MIL AAA 2019 57 213 44 70 23 64 16 1 19 46 7 2 .329 .407 .681 9 26 .389 n/a
MIL NL 2019 84 314 51 95 25 107 23 2 19 49 9 3 .303 .368 .570 7 31 .402 38/24/38 20 18
MIL NL 2020 59 217 30 46 16 85 4 0 13 32 3 2 .212 .297 .410 7 35 .273 43/20/37 18 17
MIL NL 2021 37 108 9 14 8 48 5 1 1 5 1 0 .130 .217 .222 7 41 .220 33/23/43 -3 -3
Career 3yrs 180 639 90 155 49 240 32 3 33 86 13 5 .243 .318 .457 7 34 .331 n/a
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Sure, his .681 slugging average in the PCL was impressive, but San Antonio's was the most hitter-friendly park in a historically hitter-friendly league.

As Kyle Glaser explains at Baseball America:

The 2019 season will be remembered as the “Year of the Ball” in the Pacific Coast League.

The introduction of the major league ball to the Triple-A levels resulted in an offensive spike unprecedented in modern minor league history, and the PCL felt the brunt of it with its multiple high-elevation locales.

A record 3,312 home runs were hit in the PCL this season, a substantial increase from 2,097 a year ago. The average ERA in the league was 5.49, up from 4.60. The average hitter slugged .477, compared to .423 last season.

Those conditions led teams to quickly promote pitchers out of the league or skip it altogether. As such, hitters make up 15 of the league’s top 20 prospects this season.  

On a list that includes Gavin Lux, Carter Kieboom, Kyle Tucker, Sean Murphy... Hiura is ranked the league's second-best prospect.

Behind another player who did pretty well at the next level, Yonder Alvarez.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 24 '19

and perhaps it's time to find a new pitching coach or at least a new starting staff

Thomas Rosenthal TommyR
Aug 29 '19

Raking like crazy - over a full year, a 30 HR/20 SB .300 pace.  If Milwaukee misses the playoffs by a game there's one place to look.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Aug 28 '19

Back in the Show (with Travis Shaw sent to AAA). Should be the regular.

mike fenger mike
Jun 28 '19

I did some digging last weekend and here's what I found. "Triple-A baseball has switched to the MLB baseball this season and we're
seeing a power explosion. Here are some statistics to back that up. In
the PCL in 2018, 19 players hit 20 or more homers. 16 players drove in
70 or more runs. In 2019, 36 players are on pace for 20 or more homers.
32 players are on pace to drive in 70 or more runs. There are currently
only six qualifying SP in the PCL with an ERA under four. It sort of
makes that 1.74 ERA that Zac Gallen owns even more impressive. In the
International League in 2018, 5 players hit 20 or more homers. 7 players
drove in 70 or more runs. In 2019, 24 players are on pace for 20 or
more homers. 17 are on pace to drive in 70 or more runs. Yes, it's
definitely time to look at the Triple-A production in a very different
light!"

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 15 '19

This year every team in both Triple-A leagues is a hitter's park because they are using the MLB baseball. In Double-A, using the old minor league baseball, homers are actually down -- or they were in the first month (not sure if they still are).

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 15 '19

While San Antonio was Pades' AA club, my understanding is that it was NOT a hitter's park ... 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 15 '19

BA today:

Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers. Hiura drove in five RBIs for Triple-A San Antonio. The infielder blasted a solo home run, followed by a grand slam in the second inning. It was Hiura’s third multi-homer game of the season. The Brewers' top prospect hit five homers in 17 big league games -- albeit striking out 23 times -- before being optioned to Triple-A on June 3rd to make room for Travis Shaw. Hiura's line in eight games since returning to Triple-A: .324/.361/.735 with four homers. That'll do.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 14 '19

Most leagues like that have a 140 AB threshold ... he'll be back up by the end of the year, and likely he'll easily rack up that extra 100 ABs.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jun 3 '19

Optioned to AAA.

Normally, I'd be outraged. But I just so happen to play in a league where the clock doesn't start on the minor league player until you bring him up or he's no longer a rookie.

Seeing what happened with Carter Kieboom, and quite frankly not needing him (Wong, Cesar, Iglesias in my middle, A Russell on bench), I opted to leave him on my bench to see what happens rather than make him active.

Now it's possible that I gain an extra year with him. As an added bonus, if he retains his farm status this season, I can keep him and he won't count against my auction money even if he's on the opening day roster next season.

How does the arbitration clock fit into all this? I'm sure that's a consideration. Also the fact that his glittery numbers come with a huge amount of strikeouts.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Jun 3 '19