The Brewers will promote exciting second base prospect Keston Hiura, according to Robert Murray of The Athletic (Twitter link). Precise timing and corresponding roster moves aren’t yet clear.

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.

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