It looks like one of the top prospects in baseball will make his major-league debut in Philadelphia this week. The Brewers, per multiple reports, are calling up 22-year-old second baseman Keston Hiura, the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft.
Hiura was drafted one spot after the Phillies selected Adam Haseley. Like Haseley, Kiura was believed to be a fast riser following his career at UC Irvine.
Hiura, who entered the year as a top-20 leaguewide prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com, has done a whole lot of hitting in the minors. In 202 minor-league games, he's hit .316 with a .914 OPS. This season, the power has come on. Hiura was hitting .333/.408/.698 with 11 home runs and 12 doubles in 147 plate appearances for the Brewers' Triple A affiliate in San Antonio.
He earned the call-up, but it was expedited by a wrist injury to slumping Travis Shaw, who went 0 for 3 in Monday's Phillies-Brewers series opener and is down to .163 on the season.
Hiura will play second base, shifting Mike Moustakas over to his natural position of third base. It gives the Phillies one more big bat to worry about in a potent Brewers lineup.