Former top prospect and 2017 first-round pick Keston Hiura has elected free agency from the Brewers organization.
#Brewers 1B Keston Hiura has elected free agency.— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) October 4, 2023
Hiura, taken ninth overall by Milwaukee in that 2017 draft, appeared in 284 games for the Brewers from 2019-2022 but his bat-to-ball skills never really translated at the major-league level. Despite hitting .303/.368/.570 with 19 homers and 49 RBIs in 84 games in 2019, Hiura hit just .238/.318/.453 with 50 homers and 132 RBIs across his four MLB seasons in Milwaukee.
In 374 minor-league games, Hiura hit .308/.387/.546 with 73 homers and 243 RBIs. He spent almost all of 2023 with Triple-A Nashville, hitting .311/.397/.563 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs across 88 games, 85 of which came with the Sounds.
After not being given another chance with the Brewers despite a strong 2023 minor-league season, Hiura now has the ability to sign elsewhere this offseason as he tries to make it back onto a big-league roster.