Keston Wee Hing Natsuo Hiura is a Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and second baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hiura was a student at Valencia High School in Valencia, California. Hiura had a .500 batting average with 14 home runs and 30 runs batted in (RBIs) in his senior year for the Vikings, who won the Foothill League.
Hiura played college baseball for the Anteaters at the University of California, Irvine, after being undrafted out of high school.
He hit .330 with a .392 on-base percentage (OBP), a.520 slugging percentage (SLG), seven home runs, and 52 RBIs in 56 games as a rookie in 2015.
In 53 games as a sophomore, he hit .358 with a .436 OBP, .559 SLG, seven home runs, and 41 RBIs.
Hiura went on to play for the collegiate national team of the United States after the season. Hiura batted .442 with a .567 on-base percentage as a junior.
He was voted Player of the Year in the Big West Conference.
The power, for starters, is real. Hiura’s debut season saw him blast 19 home runs in just 84 games. On the FanGraphs 20-80 scale, Hiura gets a 60/60 for raw power
Furthermore, even during a shortened season, the NL Central should favor power hitters, like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Chicago (with the wind blowing out at Wrigley), and St. Louis are all hitter-friendly.
Hiura, on the other hand, smacks the ball all over the place. Only 30.3 percent of the time did he draw the ball, while 29.3 percent of the time he went opposite field.
After finishing 2019 with a high strikeout percentage of 30.7 percent, pitchers will have to find a method to get it past Hiura to get him out.
In a formidable Brewers offense, he also has plenty of protection.
Christian Yelich has had two MVP-caliber seasons in a row, Lorenzo Cain is an ideal rebound candidate after a disappointing 2019, and Ryan Braun remains a feared middle-of-the-order presence.
All three are likely to hit ahead of Hiura, who should have ample opportunity to drive in runs and put the ball over the fence.
What Is Keston Hiura Contract?
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Keston Hiura to a one-year, $705,100 deal, with $705,100 guaranteed and a $705,100 yearly average salary.