Brewers: 3 Bold Predictions For 2021 Spring Training

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 07: General view outside of the Milwaukee Brewers spring training facility, American Family Fields of Phoenix on April 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. According to reports, Major League Baseball is considering a scenario in which all 30 of its teams play an abbreviated regular season without fans in Arizona's various baseball facilities, including Chase Field and 10 spring training venues. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 07: General view outside of the Milwaukee Brewers spring training facility, American Family Fields of Phoenix on April 07, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. According to reports, Major League Baseball is considering a scenario in which all 30 of its teams play an abbreviated regular season without fans in Arizona's various baseball facilities, including Chase Field and 10 spring training venues. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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MARYVALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Keston Hiura #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a spring training game at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 06: Keston Hiura #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a spring training game at American Family Fields of Phoenix on March 06, 2020 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Brewers Spring Training Bold Prediction #2:

Keston Hiura Will Hit Double Digit Home Runs

Milwaukee has 10 more games scheduled this spring than they played last year thanks to a combination of a few cancellations due to weather and then COVID-19 hitting in mid-March. Keston Hiura played in 11 games last spring and was on fire at the plate. He had a home run every seven at bats (4 HR in 28 AB) and hovered around a .400 average for much of his time in Arizona.

This year, he will be learning a new position so I expect he’ll be getting more than enough playing time to get as comfortable as possible. Hiura’s Cactus League success didn’t translate to the regular season last year as he hit .181 points lower during the 2020 regular season campaign and led the National League in strikeouts with 85.

If Hiura plays in nearly every single game as expected to get as many reps at first base as possible, that means he’s going to be getting a lot of at-bats. With his power potential, Hiura could easily hit 10 home runs in a month of spring training games.

There was plenty of speculation circulating around the Hiura over the offseason. Some fans were ready to write off the soon-to-be third year big leaguer. I would imagine that IF he heard any of that noise, it only adds fuel to the fire.

People are soon to forget his first year in Milwaukee where he slashed .303/.368/.570 and was one of the key reasons the Brewers won 89 games. I expect a big month of March in the desert for Keston Hiura, and this year it will translate to the regular season.

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