Brewers Send Down Former No. 1 Prospect

Once the 9th overall pick in the 2017 June Draft, and the Milwaukee Brewers' No. 1 prospect in 2019, things have not gone well for Keston Hiura at the big league level the past couple of years. The Brewers have once again sent Hiura down to the minors after yet another poor performance to start this season. 

With a preposterous 48% strikeout rate (league average is about 20%), and a .216 average, Hiura will have to work on his contact skills back in Triple-A Nashville. 

When he was first promoted to the bigs in 2019, as the Brewers' top prospect, Hiura dazzled with a .303 average, a .938 OPS and 19 home runs in just 84 games as a rookie. But it's all come crashing down since then, as he's batted just .194 with an equally anemic .645 OPS from 2020 through now. 

Frequently playing first base and DH, Hiura's demotion frees up more at-bats for Rowdy Tellez, who is starting to tear it up for the Brew Crew, with a .435 average in the past week, along with 4 HR and 13 RBIs. 

Right-hander Luis Perdomo has been called up to take Hiura's spot on the roster. 

The Brewers lead the NL Central with an 18-8 record. 

Photo Credit:  Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports