Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed Friday that Hiura will be the team's starting first baseman for 2021, Adam McCalvy of reports.

The team officially announced the signing of Kolten Wong on Friday, so it's not much of a surprise to see Stearns also provide the plans for Hiura's shift away from second base. The 24-year-old's defense at the keystone has always been a concern, especially his throwing ability, and the addition of Wong -- a two-time Gold Glove winner -- brings a significant defensive upgrade to the middle infield for Milwaukee. Hiura had a .938 OPS as a rookie in 2019, but he struggled during 2020 with 34.6 percent strikeout rate and a .707 OPS. He should have every opportunity to get back on track in 2021.

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