Previously, we checked in on the Milwaukee Brewers No. 10 prospect Brett Phillips in his first season at Colorado Springs. Now let’s take a look at MLBPipeline’s No. 9 prospect, Biloxi Shuckers’ infielder, Mauricio Dubon.
Dubon was acquired as part of the return package in the Tyler Thornburg deal with the Boston Red Sox that also included Travis Shaw, Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash. I was curious as to who the PTBNL was so I asked Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He said the trade has yet to be completed.
This is Dubon’s first season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization and has impressed so far. He is hitting .295/.348/.370 through 146 at-bats in Double-A. He is hitting well and getting on-base, but a low slugging percentage shows a lack of power. Dubon’s power grades out as below average, so this is expected. He has only seven extra-base hits this season.
But Dubon hits for a good average and has shown good patience at the plate and an ability to draw walks. He already has 11 walks on the season, which is solid, considering he hits second in the lineup.
Where Dubon is the biggest threat is on the basepaths. He already has 20 stolen bases on the year, leading not only his team, but the entire Southern League. The next closest player is actually his teammate, Johnny Davis, with 11.
Besides power, all of his tools grade out as above average for the Major League level. Even though he is primarily a shortstop, that position is currently held by Orlando Arcia and the Brewers aren’t going to move him off the position anytime soon. The key to Dubon’s future is his versatility. He can play anywhere in the infield or outfield, even in center.
The 22 year old Dubon has all the tools to be a productive leadoff hitter in the Major Leagues. He hits well, gets on base, steals bases, and doesn’t strike out a lot. Since being drafted in 2013, Dubon has not stuck out more than 72 times in a season. That’s exactly what the Brewers should want in a top-of-the-order guy.
Dubon could arrive in Milwaukee some time next year, and he could be a similar player to Hernan Perez as a super utility guy who can hit well no matter what position he’s at.