The Brewers announced on Monday that second baseman Keston Hiura has been optioned to Triple-A San Antonio to make room for infielder Travis Shaw, who is returning from the injured list.
Hiura, 22, impressed since making his major league debut on May 14, batting .281/.333/.531 with five home runs and nine RBI in 69 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rates Hiura as the Brewers’ No. 1 prospect and No. 15 across baseball.
Shaw, 29, hit a lackluster .163/.266/.281 in 154 PA prior to missing three weeks with a strained right wrist. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers GM David Stearns said, “We believe that Travis has earned the right to play at the Major League level right now. And he’s healthy. He’s gone and done his rehab assignment, and we believe that it’s time for him to come back.”
Needless to say, Brewers fans aren’t pleased with this bit of news.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.