Everyone knows Keston Hiura can hit. Still, there were plenty of scouts eager to see how he would do against the higher competition of the Arizona Fall League this year.
It turns out that in a league that includes likely future #1 Overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., Hiura is the league’s MVP. Hiura received the award this afternoon ahead of the Fall League Championship.
#Brewers' hitting machine Keston Hiura is the 2018 @MLBazFallLeague MVP after hitting .323 with 5 homers and a league-leading 33 RBIs in 23 games. More from @wboor: https://t.co/Qbc6keDe54 pic.twitter.com/f47t6zO7fR— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 17, 2018
Hiura hit .323/.371/.563 in 23 games in the Fall League, including 5 home runs, 6 doubles and a triple -- meaning 12 of his 31 hits went for extra bases. He also went 7-of-9 in steal attempts.
There still may be questions about his defense at second base, but there’s little doubt that bat is going to play. As much as David Stearns and Craig Counsell will say he’s still a ways off from playing for the big league team and he still needs to tackle Triple-A first, this might provide (even more) optimism on his potential with the bat.
You can catch Hiura try to help the Brewers claim another Arizona title -- the fall version of the Cactus Cup? -- over on MLB Network. The game started at 2 p.m.
Statistics courtesy of MLB.com