Detroit Tigers Sign Former #9 Overall Pick After Impressive 2023 Season

The Detroit Tigers have recently made a notable addition to their roster by signing Keston Hiura, a former first-round draft pick (9th overall) seeking a fresh start with the team.

Hiura, known for his powerful hitting, has had a mixed career with moments of brilliance overshadowed by challenges, particularly with high strikeout rates.

His journey includes a promising debut in the major leagues, marked by impressive home run numbers, but also struggles that led to multiple stints in the minors.

The Tigers' decision to bring Hiura on reflects a buy-low opportunity that could turn out very well for them.

Hiura's time with his previous team, the Milwaukee Brewers, was a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

Initially celebrated for his hitting prowess, Hiura encountered difficulties that saw his strikeout rates increase significantly over the years.

Last season, at Triple-A, Hiura slashed an insane .311/.397/.563 line, with 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, and 56 runs scored across 88 games played.

Despite these challenges, his potential remained undeniable, with a power-hitting ability that the Tigers are likely keen to harness.

For Hiura, joining the Tigers represents a pivotal moment to prove his resilience and capability to contribute significantly to his new team.

Over his four-year career in the MLB, the 27-year-old holds a .238/.318/.453 triple-slash line, with 50 home runs, 132 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and 131 runs scored across 284 games played.

The Tigers, on their part, are looking forward to what Hiura can bring to the table, hoping that a change of environment will help him tap into his undoubted potential and contribute to the team's success in the upcoming seasons. Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports