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Fantasy baseball: Riding the rookies

Keston Hiura is among those getting a shout out from Eric Karabell as he selects his top 10 rookies for the rest of the season. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

It seems unlikely that Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Keston Hiura will end up winning NL Rookie of the Year honors because New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka are all thriving as well, and they've gotten more of a chance to showcase their skills in the majors. However, this is a reminder that there are other rookies doing great things. Opportunity remains a key factor in their emergence.

Hiura, who I think we all knew would hit in the majors after he batted .375 at UC Irvine and .317 in the minors, is also hitting .317 in the majors through 133 plate appearances. His home run on Tuesday gives him four in July, along with a cool .391 batting average and four stolen bases in as many attempts. Sure, it's hard to view any other Brewers hitter fairly in the glare of outfielder Christian Yelich, but Hiura -- still available in more than 75% of ESPN standard leagues -- can clearly help out fantasy teams.