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Tigers Sign Former Brewers Top Prospect

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According to Jon Heyman of The New York Post, Keston Hiura, a free agent, has been signed by the Tigers. According to Detroit Free Press's Evan Petzold, it's a minor league deal. Petzold continues, If in the majors, the CAA Sports client will earn $2MM plus incentives.

Hiura, 27, a former 9th overall draft pick, spent the last four seasons In Milwaukee. In 84 games, he blasted 19 home runs in what was later identified as the "juiced balls" season. 

As a 22-year-old rookie, his strikeout percentage of 30.7% was considered high; nevertheless, it was anticipated that with more experience and exposure to big league pitching, he would be able to lower that figure.

However, the reverse took place. His strikeout total continued to rise, and he was regularly optioned to the minor leagues. Between 2020 and 2022, he played in 200 major league games.

During that time, he hit 31 home runs but also gave up runs in 38.5% of his at-bats. Although he was a second baseman when he came up, his glovework was viewed as lacking. 

He progressively increased his time at first base and left field, positions with lower defensive demands but larger offensive expectations.

Despite being a right-handed hitter, he really has incredibly reversed splits during his career, therefore it would be preferable to be in the lineup against righties. 

Throughout his career, he has hit.201/.283/.323 against southpaws but.253/.332/.508 against them the rest of the time, resulting in a split of 64 versus 122 in terms of wRC+.

Hiura will likely find himself in the Tigers lineup, as long as he breaks camp. The youngster still has alot to prove in his early career, but has all the talent to do so.

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