Milwaukee Brewers: Mauricio Dubon Out For The Year

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MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Milwaukee Brewers prospect Mauricio Dubon will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Prior to the injury, Mauricio Dubon was boasting a 23 game hitting streak with Colorado Springs. It is likely he would have gotten the call up to the Milwaukee Brewers soon. Nick Franklin gets that call instead.

Crushing Blow

There have been struggles at second this year and Dubon was the hopeful candidate to fix them. He is the 11th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The injury bug will not stop bothering the Brewers. It will likely take another year, plus some time to get back on track before Dubon is seen at the MLB level.

His 23 game hit streak covers a hefty amount of the 27 games he has played in thus far in 2018. Dubon is hitting well over .300 with four homers in Colorado Springs. It was a great start, and he would have clearly earned a call up to the Brewers.

Second Base Options

Second base is a position that the Milwaukee Brewers are trying to cover until Keston Hiura is ready. Now, it is more likely to see Hiura this year if he is performing, though he is still only in Carolina. Until then, Franklin and others will have to fill the hole.

Between Eric Sogard, Hernan Perez, and Jonathan Villar, something has been missing. It would have been fun to see the smooth fielding duo of Dubon and Orlando Arcia up the middle. Now, if Franklin doesn’t work out, it is likely a 40 man stop will have to open up for Nate Orf, who is also hitting well in Colorado Springs.

ACL Injuries

They are not fun and they last awhile. Dubon had stolen six bases in 2018, and over 30 in 2017. His speed will be something to watch as he gets into recovery. That is a long way off however. For now, the Brewers can only hope he heals back well and that any surgeries and treatments go according to plan.

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It is a tough pill to swallow. The Milwaukee Brewers have prepared for infield depth, but Dubon was a shining light of hope for 2018. As sad as it is, the team will need to figure out how to handle the situation in the immediate future.

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