2. Keston Hiura, 2B
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding Keston Hiura, and it’s definitely warranted. Hiura dominated the Arizona Fall League, becoming a Fall Star, and won the AFL MVP award.
Since being drafted ninth overall in 2017, Hiura has done nothing but hit. In 2018, Hiura hit .293 across High-A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi.
Hiura might be the most hyped Brewers prospect since Orlando Arcia came up at the end of 2016. Many are clamoring for Hiura to start the 2019 season in the big leagues, but David Stearns has publicly stated that it won’t happen.
David Stearns has been hesitant to include his top prospect in trade discussions in the past, and with good reason. He did not include him in discussions for Chris Archer during the summer and likely won’t include him now.
While Hiura would help acquire certain players like JT Realmuto and Corey Kluber, the odds of those deals happening are not great, partly because the Brewers would have to give up Keston Hiura. If Hiura goes anywhere, it’ll have to be for a bona fide ace starting pitcher, and making that kind of trade does not seem like something David Stearns would be keen on doing.
Hiura is one of the top 30 prospects in all of baseball, and we’ll likely see him in Milwaukee at some point in 2019, even if only during September.