Let’s keep the prospect train a chuggin’! We’re on to infielder Mauricio Dubon.
Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox: 27 G, .343/.348/574, 4 HR, 6 SB
Dubon’s season was amazing but incredibly short. The young infielder played in only 27 games but got a hit in 25 of them, including a 24 game hitting streak that, technically, hasn’t ended yet.
Unfortunately, Dubon suffered a horrible ACL tear running the bases in May. It couldn’t have possibly been worse timing. At the time, the Brewers were dealing with abysmal performances at second and shortstop. Just when the team seemed ready to make a move and potentially bring him up for his big league debut, Dubon was injured and his season over.
As good as Dubon’s very short season was, there are causes for concern. First, he only walked 1.8% of the time. In my personal opinion, it’s easy to brush that aside when a player is hitting everything they see. Dubon doesn’t walk a lot, but he’s a high contact hitter and strikes out less than 17% of the time.
It’s also reasonable to say that Dubon may have had a good amount of luck when hitting. He managed to hit .379 on ball in play. Yes, that’s abnormally high, BUT, he was hitting everything in 27 games, so it of course would be substantially higher than normal given the circumstances.
If the Brewers continue to have issues in the middle of their infield, Dubon should serve as a great safety net. He has been tracking his rehab on social media and looks to be almost 100%. Once he’s healed, he’ll hope to hit the ground running like he did to start 2018 and could factor into the big league mix before too long.