Given everything surrounding the moves, it was mistake, albeit a temporary one, for the Milwaukee Brewers to have sent Keston Hiura down.
It a mistake for the Milwaukee Brewers to have sent Hiura down for Shaw. It is, however, a temporary one.
If Shaw comes back and hits like he did in each of the previous two seasons, much will be forgiven. The Brewers were confident enough in what they saw beyond the box score to believe Shaw was back to his old ways by the end of his rehab assignment. There’s a distinct possibility that he’s closer to his 2017-18 production upon his return, something the team could surely use.
What needs to be addressed, though, is their first base situation. Given Aguilar’s continued slump, the Brewers are quickly approaching the point of no return with him. Milwaukee deferred on making a move with him now because Hiura had options. That move, however, will only continue to look worse if Aguilar remains where he is now, and Hiura continues to rake in Triple-A.
Hiura is the future of the Milwaukee Brewers. Sending him down, while he was performing at high level, was a mistake. Milwaukee could have experimented with more aggressive player rotation to keep him in the line-up had they sent an arm down instead of him.
The mistake, however, is minor. It’s very likely that Hiura will return to the Major League roster soon. Everyone will be glad to see him back when he is!