Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia exited the game early on Friday night. Could Mauricio Dubon get the call if Arcia needs to miss a few games?
Orlando Arcia left early after appearing to roll his ankle after hitting a single in the eighth inning on Friday. The Milwaukee Brewers don’t know the extent of his injury just yet. Could prospect Mauricio Dubon get called up if Arcia needs a DL stint?
How is Dubon doing at Triple-A?
Dubon owns a .298/.292/.489 slash line in 12 games. That’s not a misprint. His batting average is higher than his on-base percentage because he hasn’t taken a walk yet. He has two more AB’s than PA’s.
Dubon has played 11 games at shortstop, and he’ already racked up five errors. Between the plate discipline, or lack there of, and the issues in the field, it’s hard to see Dubon getting the call up.
Is there anyone else the Brewers could call up?
The Milwaukee Brewers just added Tyler Saladino from the White Sox for cash considerations.
Saladino got off to a solid start in his Major League career with a 1.5 WAR spread over 2015 and 2016. He was poised for a breakout in 2017, but struggled through 86 games, and posted a -1.0 WAR. Saladino is essentially the ‘R’ in WAR at this point in his career. He could fill in for a few games, but he’s unlikely to contribute over the long haul.
Andres Blanco is still on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox roster. He owns a .405/.500/.622 slash line in 12 games so far. He’s in his age 34 season, and he wasn’t that impressive when he was younger.
So what happens if Arcia needs time off?
First off, deep breaths here. Until the Milwaukee Brewers know more about Arcia’s status, it’s not time to worry. He could take a day or two off, and return to the lineup.
If he needs time off, the Milwaukee Brewers have to decide between Saladino and Blanco. Neither is exciting, but Dubon isn’t quite ready yet. He needs to continue to work on plate discipline, and prove he can handle shortstop before he gets the call.