One scout said this offseason at the Arizona Fall League, “We all talk about the bat of Vladdy, with obvious reason, but outside of Vladdy, I’d call Keston Hiura the purest power bat I saw out in Arizona. He’s just a special, special kid.”  The scout continued, “Have you seen my chew?” turning his lip inside out, “Ah, there it is,” then after a pause, “I’m big league, baby!”  Keston Hiura had an elbow injury while playing for the Fightin’ Licorices at UC Irvine.  The Licorices used him at DH, but obviously that won’t be an option with the Brewers, unless Selig moves them back to the AL like he moves his toupee back when there’s wind coming from behind him.  News says Hiura’s elbow is fine, and he should be able to play 2nd base as soon as Ape One. (Ape One is what I call April 1st).  If, Keston is, however, er, um, ya know, blocked at 2nd base by Jonathan Schoop, doesn’t matter if he’s ready. The Brewers barely played Schoop after he was traded to Milwaukee and they don’t seem at all committed to him, so Hiura could win the job out of Spring Training and Schoop acts as a utility man.  Or is simply non-tendered (deadline in November 30th) or traded. Either way, it does not seem like Hiura is far off while being far out. (Play on words points!)  Anyway, what can we expect from Keston Hiura for 2019 fantasy baseball?

Usually I drop a GIF in of the player hitting here so you can see what I see, because, brucely, not a ton of these players are as known as, say, Jed Lowrie.  Why Jed Lowrie?  Not entirely sure, but why not?  If you don’t like Jed Lowrie, then you’re a Zed Zeroey!  Any hoo!  No clip because all the clips I found were bores.  Scouts like to sit behind home plate and take the least interesting angles of players.  Not saying they need a four-man video crew with tungsten lights set up to soften the shadows, but, yeah, that’s what I am saying. The video sucked for Hiura. Bunch of smacked opposite way doubles and a few back up-the-middle singles. Lowercase yay!  This sounds pessimistic, but I actually have owned Huira for the better part of two years in two separate NL-Only leagues, and I’m a fan.  Think there’s a chance for a 18/7/.270 season.  That sounds downright–Don’t say Lowrie, Don’t say Lowrie, Don’t say Lowrie, Don’t say Lowrie– Lowrie-ish!  (Even worse, I thought of saying ‘what Brett Lawrie was supposed to be’ — woof!)  In Double-A last year, Hiura hit 6 HRs with 11 SBs and .272 in only 73 games, but his bat will play, and, as mentioned above about how he looked in Arizona, he destroyed the AFL.  As Prospector Mike said a few weeks ago, “The player I’m most excited to see is Keston Hiura (2B), the Brew Crew’s top prospect with the 70 hit tool.  He’s kicking keisters in the AFL – hitting .343 with four bombs, five steals, and 27 runs batted in (the league lead). He looks as good as Grey is bad.” Hey!  Not cool!  So, yes, we’re all fans — giving those Keston props in fast motion and black & white — but playing time, playing time, playing time.  If Schoop is non-tendered or traded, I could see changing his projections, but for now I’ll give Keston Huira the 2019 projections of 30/8/24/.274/3 in 212 ABs.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    What a fantastic write-up, Mr Punctuality!!

    a. Your Ape One is so a propos because it’s foolish and April 1 is April Fool’s Day, get it? Ah, duck water man, duck water!

    b. Loving Hiura, not loving the name and worse still not loving how I can’t remember his name even 10 seconds after reading your write-up (middle-aged memory loss aside). It’d have to be something like

    1. Charlton Heston, MLB version or some gun association;
    2. Keston Lake (for Lake Huron which kind of sounds like Hiura);
    3. Hiura=hurry ergo Keston ‘in a hurry’ Hiura.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for November 19 (Every morning I pray this will be the one that Grey was referring to)

    At 50, a man can be an ass without being an optimist but not an optimist without being an ass.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. When one apes they act absurd, and it’s April Fool’s — do you see this next level thing here?

      B. Could be worse, Frankie Muniz forgot the last 20 years of his life, then his cat flooded his house ruining everything

      C. That’s awesome, not the one tho

  2. Dave D says:
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    Greyt write-up! I hear Hiura (with the help of a hearing aid) that when he comes up he will share a locker with Domingo Santana but fear that will cause Keon Broxton, who is already 20/20 in AAA by the AS break, to lose his sh*t and take a bat to an exercise bike in the AAA locker room upon hearing of Hiura’s promotion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, totally… They traded Villar for Schoop because….? Not sure the Brewers know what they need to do

  3. Big Ticket says:
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    Always knew the hit tool was there, but didn’t realize he was the “purest power bat” … is the raw power/game power rating out higher than previously expected (50-60 range)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, surprised me to hear that too, but it was just one person’s opinion, and don’t think he’s much more than 20 homers in the best case scenario

  4. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    So far we’ve seen only hitters. Are ptchers coming separately or do they just stink?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not by design, I couldn’t find any pitchers I really wanted to highlight… Did you have any in mind?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I take that back, I just realized I have two pitcher ones coming still — but if you have any rookie pitcher names I’ll consider

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: Keller and Whitley. I know Whitley might not have the innings.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I looked at both, I don’t know… Maybe on Keller… Whitley seems like he’s headed for maybe 50 IP this year

          • Sweatpants Nation says:
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            @Grey: I don’t see Pittsburgh signing anyone of significance. With Whitley it might come down to who the Astros add. Still, 50 innings at SP (if that’s how they use him) could help down the stretch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed on Keller and the Pirates, that’s a fair point… But then they sign someone like Ivan Nova every year and that gets blown up… We’ll see, I do like him, good call!

              • Harley Earl says:
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                @Grey: How about something on Brent Honeywell, Julio Urias or Alex Reyes? All three have had injuries derailing them as Elite prospects. Can any of them still be elite? Which one is the most likely? Which one should you avoid? What do you think all three will do next year? I’d love to see write-ups on all three of those guys!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I will be going over all of them at some point, not sure if I’m going to do a post two of them…Honeywell’s post is coming tomorrow

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey: Excellent!!!!

                    Looking forward to your analysis and, as alwayts, more of your snarky humor!!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nice!

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: Keller and Whitley, I’ve seen both mentioned as rotation options. Whitley is the better, obviously, but he might not have the innings to break camp.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If we get to February and Keller has a rotation spot, I’ll put him in my rankings for sure, but too much unknown right now on either

        • Sweatpants Nation says:
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          @Sweatpants Nation: Not being redundant- I couldn’t make the connection to your page so I kept trying so it looks like I keep flogging a dead horse. Haha. Keep up the posts. Winter has come to the Northeast!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, no worries!

  5. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Watch them non-tender Schoop only to name Mauricio Dubon their 2B for the greatest troll in prospect blue balls history.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you saying they’re gonna Dubon-e us?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha cue Yakety Sax

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, Yelich did put out his own Benny Hill home movie at one point — don’t Google from work!

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            no way…can’t wait to get home and see

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe, don’t want to build it up too much, but ‘Yelich sex tape’ into Google should do the trick

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                good lord

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    omg, Jerry Iannelli’s article on it (Miami New Times) contains this amazing quote…”But this is the Marlins, a franchise run by Martians pretending to be human, so things pretty much go wrong constantly, and when they go wrong, they go really, really weird.” He sounds like he should be writing for us haha.

                    • Grey

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                      HA! I’m about to start calling them the Miami Martians

  6. Dave D says:
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    More DC draft porn:

    6 83 Segura, Jean
    6 84 Gallo, Joey OF
    6 85 Pollock, A.J. OF
    6 86 Berrios, Jose P
    6 87 Peraza, Jose SS
    6 88 Andujar, Miguel CI
    6 89 Marquez, German
    6 90 Castellanos, Nicholas
    7 91 Donaldson, Josh 3B
    7 92 Osuna, Roberto P
    7 93 Vazquez, Felipe P
    7 94 Castillo, Luis P
    7 95 Muncy, Max 1B
    7 96 Hand, Brad P
    7 97 Leclerc, Jose P
    7 98 Mikolas, Miles P
    7 99 Upton, Justin OF
    7 100 Chapman, Matt 3B
    7 101 Ray, Robbie P
    7 102 Jansen, Kenley P
    7 103 Hader, Josh P
    7 104 Villar, Jonathan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So many terrible picks here I don’t even know where to begin… (hope you didn’t make them) How does Donaldson go before Upton?

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Nah, Upton was me thankfully. I’m overjoyed that others preferred Gallo, Muncy, Andujar, etc over him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t mind some of those other bats, but over Upton is silly

  7. Dave D says:
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    105 Jimenez, Eloy OF
    106 Robles, Victor OF
    107 Olson, Matt 1B
    108 Turner, Justin 3B
    109 Martinez, Carlos P
    110 Conforto, Michael OF
    111 Iglesias, Raisel P
    112 Davis, Wade P (me)
    113 Smith, Mallex OF
    114 Hendricks, Kyle P
    115 Shaw, Travis 3B
    116 Perez, Salvador C
    117 Encarnacion, Edwin
    118 Freeland, Kyle
    119 Odor, Rougned
    120 Morton, Charlie
    121 Peralta, David
    122 Doolittle, Sean
    123 Yates, Kirby
    124 Giles, Ken
    125 Anderson, Tim
    126 Myers, Wil
    127 Brantley, Michael
    128 Hicks, Aaron
    129 Happ, JA (me)
    130 Piscotty
    131 Rosario, Ahmed
    132 Profar, J

    Olson and Conforto were guys I was targeting but didn’t make it back to me, so with closers starting to disappear and without a SP yet I pulled the trigger. I’m likely going back to bats for next round or two.

    Eloy ahead of Olson, Conforto is amazing to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So many amazing ones! Conforto after all of those guys is a little crazy

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I have to admit that I was slightly traumatized when someone took K. Hendricks but I’m fine with Happ as my 1st SP. I’ve got plenty o’ sleepers catching some shut eye until later in draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d be fine with Happ, as my 1st starter though, well… It’s one strategy!

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey, thanks for the write up on Hiura. I’m really big on him, got him on my dynasty team. He looks like a Dustin Pedroia with some pop to me. Is there Anybody in recent years at second base that you think he compares well with? I’d be interested in who you think.

    Also, I think Hiura gets the call quicker than most. Maybe a month in Triple A, maybe the job straight out of Spring Training. I see 450 to 500 at-bats. Brewers will push all-in and not waste any time as they attempt to win the division again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia is a solid comparison — anyone in that 20/10 solid AVG mold, assuming of course solid case vs. worst case

  9. Long Bawls says:
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    Here’s hoping Paxton packs Tums.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Dave D says:
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      @Long Bawls:

      It seems foolish to me to trade Sheffield for a 30 year old band aid boy. I bet Sheffield throws more MLB innings in 2020, maybe even 2019.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Dave D: Could be. But:

        1) Yankees prospect
        2) Pitching prospect
        3) He’s not a FA so unless they do something dumb (which, if he succeeds over the next 2 seasons, they will) he’ll be pricey but will not hamstring the Yankees straightaway on cost

        It’s a calculated risk and one I like, though you can argue the other side.

        Or do you mean that this’ll be a Babe Ruth type deal and Paxton’ll knock in 46 dingers in 2020?

  10. David Niven says:
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    Dipito is great at extracting 80 cents on the dollar, the Segure deal being the only exception. Thinkin the M’s could have waited but hey, it’s the frikkin Mariners.

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