Hiura, 22, entered the present season as a consensus top-20 prospect leaguewide. The ninth overall pick of the 2017 draft, he has done nothing but hit since becoming a professional.
That’s more or less what was expected out of the UC-Irvine product, who was seen as a highly advanced college batter. But he has exceeded expectations with a breakout start to the 2019 season.
Through 147 plate appearances this year at the highest level of the minors, Hiura carries an eye-popping .333/.408/.698 slash line with 11 long balls. It’s not entirely surprising to see the power emerging, though this is certainly whole new level of pop for a player who tallied 13 homers in 535 total plate appearances last year.