Milwaukee Brewers: 4 hitters who could break out in 2019
You were expecting Keston Hiura? The Brewers top prospect could make his arrival in Milwaukee next year, but a quality season is almost expected at this point. Mauricio Dubon needs to prove that he’s fully healthy, and break out to secure his long term future with the team. He also started a break out campaign in 2018 before it was derailed by a knee injury.
Milwaukee Brewers prospect Dubon would have taken over the starting shortstop job from Orlando Arcia if he stayed healthy in 2018. Dubon appears to be fully recovered from his knee injury, and will likely get the call if Arcia struggles again.
Arcia is a supremely talented shortstop, but he regressed badly at the plate in 2018. He posted a .236/.268/.307 slash line in 119 games at the Major League level last year. If he starts slowly again, he’ll head back to Triple-A, and Dubon will get his first chance at a full-time role with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Dubon started the 2018 season on fire. He only appeared in 27 games in Triple-A, but he slashed .343/.348/.574 with four homers and six steals before having his season ended. He only drew two walks and struck out 19 times, but the tools are there, and he had clearly figured out Triple-A pitching.
Dubon needs to continue his break out at Triple-A if he wants to get a look in Majors before September call-ups. He also needs to keep tabs on Arcia’s statline. Another season of a sub-.600 OPS, and Dubon could finally get his chance at shortstop.