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.