Hiura will open the season at Triple-A San Antonio, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Hiura will still travel with the Brewers as the team continues its exhibition slate, but he's been told he won't make the Opening Day roster. That's hardly a surprise, as he's yet to reach Triple-A, but if his strong performances as a prospect continue he'll have a chance to make an impact at the top level at some point this season.
Hiura went 1-for-2 with a three-run double in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.
Hiura just missed a grand slam when he hit a go-ahead, bases-clearing double in the eighth inning of Sunday's contest, but he still raised his RBI total to 13 and OPS to .921. Despite the hot spring, Hiura is bound to open the season in the minor leagues, as the Brewers are stocked with veterans in the infield and Hiura has not yet seen action above the Double-A level. Still, he remains the club's top prospect and has a chance to make his big-league debut this season. Exactly when that could occur will depend on several items, though, with all of service-time deadlines, injuries, and how well Hiura hits over the next few months factoring into the decision.
Hiura went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and four RBI in Saturday's spring game against the Athletics.
Hiura now has a home run in back-to-back games as he's started to heat up in Cactus League play, going 5-for-11 in the last five games. The 22-year-old is destined to begin the season at Triple-A San Antonio with the re-signing of Mike Moustakas likely delaying his promotion.
Hiura hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in Friday's spring game.
Hiura recorded just one hit over his first six spring games, but he heated up over the last week, going 3-for-8 over his last four contests. The Brewers will be patient with their top prospect this year after brining back Mike Moustakas to play second base, so Hiura is unlikely to join the team until later in the season unless injuries hit or he really forces the issue at the Triple-A level.
Hiura has yet to reach Triple-A, so the odds of him opening the season in the majors are minimal at best. He should open the season at the highest level of the minors but may be up midseason if he builds off of his MVP-winning performance at the Arizona Fall League. Milwaukee's current best alternatives at the keystone are Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez, indicating that the team likely envisions Hiura playing an important role this season.
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