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Brewers calling up top prospect Keston Hiura

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Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are calling up top prospect Keston Hiura. He’s a second baseman.

Milwaukee started the season with Mike Moustakas playing second and Travis Shaw at third, but Shaw’s struggles — he’s hitting .163/.266/.281 (46 OPS+) and that just can’t happen to a team defending a division crown. With Hiura in Milwaukee, Moustakas should switch back to third more regularly while the kid gets a chance. Ken Rosenthal reports that Shaw will either go on the injured list or be sent down to Triple-A.

Hiura, 22, was the Brewers’ first round draft pick in the 2017 draft out of U.C. Irvine. He’s hitting .333/.408/.698 with 11 homers over 37 games at Triple-A San Antonio. Last year he hit .293/.357/.464 between high-A and Double-A. His defense reportedly has some issues but, again, the Brewers ran Moustakas out at second base to break camp so they’re more than prepared to deal with that.