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Keston Hiura has agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Detroit Tigers.
Hiura can earn $2 million by making the big league club out of spring training after spending the entire 2023 season in Triple-A with the Brewers organization. The former first-round pick has continued to flash an eye-opening power stroke at times at the major league level, but the slugger’s high strikeout rate should temper expectations for the time being. Fantasy managers should consider this another low-risk signing for Tigers general manager Scott Harris for a club thin at the middle infield positions behind their major-league ready prospects ahead of the 2024 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers have designated infielder Keston Kiura for assignment.
Hiura was recently informed he will not make the Brewers Opening Day roster and considering he is out of minor-league options he has been designated for assignment. It's a significant fall from grace for a player that hit .303 with 19 homers, nine steals, and an .838 OPS across 84 games as a 22-year-old rookie in 2019. His bat was still 15% above the league average at the plate in 2022 according to his 115 wRC+, but a massive 41.7% K-rate and .226 average capped his value. Nonetheless, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 26-year-old latch on with a new club in short order.
Milwaukee Brewers infielder Keston Hiura has been informed he will not make the club's Opening Day roster.
Hiura burst onto the scene with a .303 average, 19 homers, and a .938 OPS in 84 games as a rookie in 2019 but has largely struggled since. He did hit 14 homers with a strong .222 isolated power and 115 wRC+ in 80 games last season, but he also struck out in an eye-popping 41.7% of his plate appearances while continuing to display poor defense. Still just 26, Hiura has hit for significant power at the MLB level but strikeouts and his suspect defense have hindered his overall value.
Keston Hiura went 2-for-4 Wednesday, singling, doubling, and scoring one run in the Brewers' 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Hiura has gotten hits in just three of his last seven games for the Brewers, scoring one run and driving in two runs in that span. The 26-year-old finishes with a .226 batting average, 34 runs scored, 14 home runs, and 32 runs batted in through 80 games this season.
Keston Hiura went 1-for-3 Thursday, doubling and driving in one run in the Brewers' 4-2 loss to the Marlins.
Hiura has struggled at the plate for the Brewers, hitting just .174 with four runs scored, three runs batted in, and 22 strikeouts over his last 15 games. The 26-year-old has struggled with consistency at the plate all season long, hitting .232 with 33 runs scored, 14 home runs, and 32 runs batted in through 75 games this season.