The Milwaukee Brewers picked the University of California, Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft.
After his sophomore year in 2016, he had been a part of the American collegiate national team.
The Brewers were confident that his elbow issue would not be a problem moving forward after he had treated the injury with platelet-rich plasma injections, the technique that had worked wonders for ageless pitcher Bartolo Colon.
However, he had been limited to playing DH during his final two college seasons due to an elbow issue.
In 2017, he made his professional debut with the AZL Brewers, but after just 15 games, he was promoted to the Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In 42 games while he was between the two stops, he hit .371/.422/.611. He did take the field for three contests.
Even though there was no immediate intention to have him play in the majors, his performance earned him an invitation to spring training with the big league club in 2018.
There, he got to see some Cactus League activities. Baseball America ranked him as the #47 prospect and the top prospect for the Brewers, indicating that his career was off to a promising start.
He was selected for the 2018 Futures Game team representing the United States.
How Much Does Keston Hiura Make?
Keston Hiura earns a yearly salary of $705,100 on average. Hiura will have a basic salary of $705,100 in 2022.