Milwaukee Brewers: It’s Time to Call Up Mauricio Dubon
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers offense has struggled lately and the second base position is no exception. The Brewers have two of the top 10 second base prospects in all baseball with Keston Hiura and Isan Diaz, but another player will get the call first.
Mauricio Dubon is Milwaukee’s ninth-rated prospect and is currently playing at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He earned a mid-season promotion from Double-A earlier this year and has continued to hit well since then.
Jonathan Villar has struggled all year and Eric Sogard provided a much needed boost in the first half. However, Sogard hasn’t been the same since his ankle injury. When Ian Kinsler was rumored to be on the Brewers’ radar back in July, it made some sense. Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns may opt for a cheaper, and more controllable option; Mauricio Dubon.
Let’s take a look at Dubon’s overall numbers this year:
425 ABs, 119 H, 25 2B, 7 HR, 49 RBI, 31 BB, 64 K, 37 SB, .280/330/.388
The 37 stolen bases are what really jumps out. The guy can fly. His speed may be his best tool, but his bat isn’t too far behind. He hits for a high average. However, it comes with little power. He profiles as a leadoff hitter at the Major League level.
What’s even better than his ability on offense is his great defense. He can play shortstop extremely well, but that spot is currently held by Orlando Arcia and will be for some time. Dubon has played a lot of second base in the Minors and even played some center field in the Arizona Fall League last year. Versatility is important, especially with this Milwaukee Brewers team.
Dubon has four above average tools, with his power the only one lacking. He is going to be a very good Major League player in the future. And that future could be closer than we think.
He seems like a prime candidate to be a September call-up, but he could be needed earlier than that. With the lack of a true lead off hitter on this team and the offense stumbling, it’s time for Dubon to make his claim to a starting job in Milwaukee.
He only has 157 at-bats at the Triple-A level, but he’s done extremely well in them. Dubon is 23 years old, the same age as top prospects Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips, and Josh Hader. It’s time to bring him up.
If the Milwaukee Brewers wish to make it to the playoffs, this offense needs a jump-start and fast. A true, productive lead off hitter could provide that jolt. As good as Domingo Santana is, he doesn’t belong in the leadoff spot. Dubon brings steady defense and a steady bat, along with great speed.
Dubon and Arcia could make one of the best double-play duos in all of baseball and it’s time to get it started. His call-up would also make history. Dubon would be the first native Honduran player to reach the Major Leagues.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to take action to get out of this cold stretch they’re in at the plate. Lewis Brinson and Brett Phillips have both been used, but rather sparingly. Dubon needs a chance to start on a consistent basis in the same way Arcia was.
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Dubon is versatile and that will be key for his future in Milwaukee. The ability to play multiple positions is the only reason guys like Hernan Perez, Jonathan Villar, and Eric Sogard are on the team. Dubon has everything the Milwaukee Brewers want in a player and he’s ready to make the jump.