2022 Player Outlook
Hiura's 2019 season seems so long ago. 2021 was his most trying year yet, as he hit just .168 with four home runs and three stolen bases across 61 games for the brewers. Southpaws gave him fits last year, as he struck out 25 times in just 54 at-bats, and last year's 39.1 percent strikeout rate was easily the worst mark of his career. In fact, not only has his strikeout rate increased each of the last two years, but his weak contact rate, pop-up rate, and pull percentage have done the same thing. His increasing launch angle seems buoyed by his increased propensity to pop the ball up, and while last year's barrel rate was a career-best, the strikeouts were simply too much to overcome. When you look at his plate discipline, the strikeout rate is atrocious, but the fact that his zone contact rate has dropped nearly 20 percentage points from 2019 is incredibly alarming. His zone contact rate of 56.2 percent is a massive reason why his batting average cratered last season, and in turn, his strikeout rate soared. Sure, he's free in drafts, so if you believe in the barrel rate and that he'll start making more contact, you can take a late-round flier, but to be frank, you have some lofty expectations for a guy that hit .168 last year.