Option #2: Keep him in a part-time role/back and forth with Nashville
The second option the Brewers have with Hiura is to continue doing what they have been doing. That would be keeping him in more of a part-time role in the big leagues with perhaps the occasional option to Triple-A Nashville to get him some more ABs.
But what does this really do for Hiura? It’s what’s best for the Brewers to win on a day-by-day basis, but Hiura’s potential growth out of this slump is stunted. He’s relegated to trying to get hot again and find his swing at the big league level with only a small handful of ABs a week. How can he get back to that “future All Star” level that was expected of him only playing two or three days a week?
The Brewers had bigger hopes for Hiura, especially based on his draft position. A top 10 player in the draft should be more than a part-timer at the big league level. Plus, with his poor defense and lack of versatility, what does he bring the team as a part-timer if his bat doesn’t perform?
Whenever he goes down to Triple-A he dominates. He continues to prove he’s better than Triple-A but he isn’t performing in MLB. So where does he belong? He belongs above Triple-A, but doesn’t seem to belong in MLB.
This is Hiura’s last option year. Next season, if he struggles or needs ABs, they cannot send him down to Triple-A. Then, their hands will really be tied.
Milwaukee knows Hiura CAN be better than this and be an everyday player, but he’s just not showing it for whatever reasons.