It's not a secret that the Milwaukee Brewers don't exactly have a sterling record at the top of the draft in the recent past. Sure, the team has selected three 10+ bWAR players in the first round of the draft since 2008, but each of those draftees — #16 overall Brett Lawrie in 2008 (15.1 WAR), #32 overall in 2008 Jake Odorizzi (13.3), and #38 overall Mitch Haniger (10.7) — have accrued all their value while suiting up for teams other than the Brewers. Selected with the #9 overall pick in 2017 during Tod Johnson's first draft at the helm as scouting director, Hiura was almost immediately dubbed a “hitting savant” by scouts and analysts around the game. Hiura's first game for the Cream City Nine came against the Philles at Citizen's Bank Park.
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