What Does Keston Hiura’s Arrival Mean For Travis Shaw?

Halfway through May, the Brewers sit at 27-20.   That is almost the same record they had last year at this point. That’s impressive given their injuries, pitching struggles, and tough schedule to this point. It’s also impressive considering their opening day third baseman, and a guy they were expecting to be a big time run producers this year is hurt and not producing at all. The combination of those two things prompted the Brewers to promote their top prospect Keston Hiura. When Travis Shaw’s wrist is better and he’s ready to play again, what does Hiura’s promotion mean for him long term?


The Brewers put Shaw on the IL earlier this week with a wrist issue. Now we have to ask ourselves, does he really have a wrist injury and is that what’s causing his struggles at the plate? Or is this an excuse to sit him down and try and let him clear his head? Time will tell. Shaw is currently hitting just .163, slugging just .281, with an OBP of .266. At this rate he won’t come close to putting up the numbers he has in his first two seasons in Milwaukee. The Brewers don’t have a ton of money invested in him. He is making just over 4.6 million this year and is arbitration eligible for the 2020 and 2021 season. The late decision to bring Mike Moustakas is looking better with each passing day.

When the Brewers took Keston Hiura with the ninth pick in the 2017 draft, he was considered by many the best bat in the draft. The biggest question mark with him was where he could play on the field. The Brewers plugged him at second base, viewing that as the quickest way to get him to the big leagues. On Tuesday he collected two hits and a walk in his big league debut. The Brewers are most likely going to play Hiura everyday at second until they feel Travis Shaw is healthy. Then I believe they will give Shaw another chance to redeem himself. He’s been too good the last two seasons to give up on him in May. If he doesn’t turn it around, we could see Hiura at second everyday with Shaw being a bench player.

Like I said before, the Brewers don’t have a ton invested in Travis Shaw. I’m not saying they should move on from him, but if at some point they do, it won’t hurt them a ton financially. I am a big Travis Shaw fan, and am really rooting for him to turn it around because the Brewers lineup is really good when he’s hitting 30+ homers. However it is nice to know that they can play Moose at third base everyday and have an elite hitting prospect to play at second.


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