What Are The Brewers To Do With Keston Hiura?
Option #1: Bite the bullet, give him everyday ABs and hope he finds a groove
This option is perhaps the least likely. The way Hiura is playing right now is not going to be enough for Craig Counsell to justify putting him in the lineup every single day. Hiura needs regular ABs to get into a hot stretch at the plate and find his way again.
It’s very difficult to get into a groove at the plate when your opportunities to hit are so irregular. Let’s be honest, Hiura hasn’t had a chance for regular ABs at the big league level since April of last season. Ever since his slump to start last year the Brewers have only given him part-time duties. They are certainly justified in doing so by his performance. But it’s hard to get him to that 2019 level again if he doesn’t get the chance to play everyday.
Tyrone Taylor was struggling in a part time role, but now that he’s getting everyday ABs, he’s improved markedly at the plate. It stands to reason that if increased playing time works for Taylor, it would likely work for Hiura.
However, every day that goes by with him in the lineup and not performing makes it that much more difficult to put him in again the next day. How long would Counsell bite that bullet? A week? Two weeks? A whole month?
This team is trying to win. They can’t afford to put Hiura in there everyday for a couple weeks hoping he’ll figure it out. Plus, can you really even judge a player just on a two week stretch? That answer is no.