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Hiura belts 3rd AFL HR in comeback victory

October 25, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Keston Hiura, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect, again showed why he's one of the best hitters in the Arizona Fall League this year, as he led Peoria to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Mesa on Thursday at Peoria Sports Complex.Hiura went 2-for-4, with his biggest hit coming

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Keston Hiura, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect, again showed why he's one of the best hitters in the Arizona Fall League this year, as he led Peoria to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Mesa on Thursday at Peoria Sports Complex.
Hiura went 2-for-4, with his biggest hit coming in the seventh inning. MLB's No. 30 overall prospect belted a two-run home run, his third homer of the Fall League season, to tie the game at 3.
Hiura leads the AFL with 19 RBIs, and he is batting .326 through 12 games. The Milwaukee second baseman attributes his consistency to staying relaxed and having fun.
2018 Arizona Fall League rosters
"Just knowing my body, staying within myself, not trying to do too much," Hiura said. "Going out on the field having fun every day with a bunch of great players."
Coming off his second season of pro baseball, the Brewers' 2017 first-round pick has lived up to his billing as one of the top hitters from his Draft class.
"It's the same game you've played since you were a little kid," Hiura said. "Regardless of if there's 10 fans or thousands of fans, it's the same game."
After hitting four home runs in 42 games in his first season in the Minors, Hiura hit 13 homers in 123 games in the 2018 Minor League campaign. As for his recent power surge in the Fall League, Hiura says it is less mechanical and more mental.
"I haven't messed with my swing since probably high school," Hiura said. "Eliminate the pitches they're trying to get me to chase at and be able to put the barrel on the ball."
Although Hiura is having success in the AFL, he knows there are ways he can still improve.

"A big reason I'm out here this fall is to get more work at second base," Hiura said. "Get more live reads off the bat and be able to move around the infield."
Hiura was the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week last week, and he's now having another great week for Peoria.

Andre Simms is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.