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Keston Hiura 2017 MLB Draft

Keston Hiura | 2B/LF | 6’1 | 188 | R/R | UC Irvine | Never drafted

Rank: No. 20 in the Top 200 MLB Draft Prospects

Rank: No. 21 in the Top 100 MLB Draft Prospects

Scouting Report: Hiura will be one of the toughest calls in the draft, as one of the top college bats available with projection needed for his defense and future position. Offensively, Hiura has few peers in college, as he hit 14 homers as a prep senior in Southern California’s strong Foothill League, then hit his way onto USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team with two strong seasons to begin his career at UC Irvine. He was one of Team USA’s top hitters while playing DH last summer, then ranked among national leaders in batting, walks, on-base and slugging percentage through early May this spring. At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Hiura has a compact swing path, present strength and plus bat speed. Combine that with a feel for the barrel and excellent strike-zone judgment, and Hiura was producing as much hard contact as any hitter in the country. Scouts who like him grade him as a plus hitter with plus power, while others see him above-average (55 on the 20-80 scouting scale) rather than a true plus (60). Hiura has an elbow injury that has kept him from playing in the field since April 2016, and while he had a platelet-rich plasma injection in January that had his arm feeling better, he has not thrown this spring, though he usually takes ground balls in pregame. An average runner who played center and left field in his first two years, Hiura could be an outfielder and could be a second baseman, but most teams believe he’s having elbow surgery as soon as he signs.


17 .405 8 34 .551 .684 1.235
16 .358 7 41 .436 .539 .975
15 .330 7 52 .392 .520 .912


Keston Hiura’s Injury, Bat Present Unique Situation

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