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Brewers' Hiura has big hit in Fall League opener

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Keston Hiura swung a hot bat at the end of the Minor League season, the second of his professional career. After a month-long layoff, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect returned to action and quickly delivered a big hit on Arizona Fall League Opening Day.

Hiura, MLB Pipeline's No. 30 overall prospect, belted a three-run double in the Peoria Javelinas' 8-7 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs at Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Keston Hiura swung a hot bat at the end of the Minor League season, the second of his professional career. After a month-long layoff, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect returned to action and quickly delivered a big hit on Arizona Fall League Opening Day.

Hiura, MLB Pipeline's No. 30 overall prospect, belted a three-run double in the Peoria Javelinas' 8-7 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs at Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday.

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After striking out in his first two at-bats, Hiura came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning. He crushed the first pitch he saw from Andre Scrubb, a Dodgers farmhand, off the center-field wall to clear the bases and put Peoria ahead, 5-2.

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"It's been a few weeks since the season ended, so I knew that at the beginning the timing was going to be a little off," said Hiura, who went 1-for-3, reaching base three times and stealing two bases.

"He threw a first-pitch fastball with the bases loaded. I was trying to be aggressive and was able to put the barrel on the ball."

Hiura is the fourth-highest ranked prospect playing in the AFL this season. In 123 games between Double-A Biloxi and Class A Advanced Carolina this year, the second baseman batted .293/.357/.464 with 13 home runs, 34 doubles and 43 RBIs.

Playing against some of MLB's other top prospects and farmhands from around the Majors, Hiura plans to use the AFL season not only to get more at-bats, but also to work on his defense. The second baseman has always had a potent bat, so improving his defense could help his all-around game.

"For me, it's to get more reps on defense, as many reps as I can get off the bat and through different positions," Hiura said. "That's my main goal and what I really want to take out of this."

Other notable performances

• Ian Miller (Mariners' No. 20) went 1-for-5, but his first hit of the AFL season was a big one. The left fielder walked it off with a bases-loaded RBI single in the ninth to win it for Peoria.

• Evan White (Mariners' No. 2) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles, reaching base four times for Peoria. He drew a pair of walks and scored a run.

• Luis Robert (White Sox No. 4, No. 44 overall) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs scored for Glendale. He cut Peoria's lead to 7-5 in the seventh, then Glendale scored pair of runs in the eighth to tie it.

Lucius Fox (Rays' No. 9) batted leadoff for Peoria, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. He swiped both second and third during the third inning.

Jake Rill is an editorial producer for MLB.com based in Phoenix.