We’ve reached the Top Five in RtB’s 2019 Milwaukee Brewers Top Prospects list. Coming in at number five, infielder Mauricio Dubon.
2018 was supposed to be a big year for Mauricio Dubon and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was on track to make his major league debut, overtake the starting second base job, and be the first native Honduran to make the major leagues.
But, he tore his ACL in a minor league game in late April and missed the rest of the season. That led the Brewers to acquiring Jonathan Schoop and going through the rest of 2018 and the offseason with uncertainty at the position.
Now healthy, Dubon, 24, is ready to prove that he can be a starting second baseman in the major leagues.
#5. 2B/SS Mauricio Dubon
In the 27 games prior to his injury last season, Dubon hit an incredible .343 with a .922 OPS. 15 of his 37 hits went for extra bases, including four home runs. He also stole six bases.
In 2017, Dubon hit .274 with 29 doubles, eight home runs, and 38 stolen bases in 129 games split between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs.
In his minor league career, Dubon is a .300/.349/.412 hitter. He gets on base and steals bases very effectively. His 60-grade speed is the best of his five tools. His worst tool is his power, which has been given a 35-grade. But his power has increased as he’s gone through the minor leagues. He’s still not going to become a power hitter, but his pop could surprise some people.
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Dubon looks like a strong candidate to be a top of the order hitter in the big leagues. He makes consistent contact and has a great approach at the plate, although it’d be nice if he could draw a few more walks. His speed makes him a weapon on the basepaths for the Brewers.
Defensively, Dubon has proven he can handle the shortstop position, but Orlando Arcia currently has that position on lockdown, making Dubon a logical candidate to move to second base. He has the skills and instincts to handle second base. He does have a 55-grade arm, so it might be possible he could also play some third base and some outfield, but he’s a true middle infielder and that’s where he’s best.
When Could We See Dubon In Milwaukee?
If it wasn’t for that knee injury last year, we would’ve already seen him. But we will definitely see him in Milwaukee in 2019. Pres. of Baseball Operations David Stearns has already stated that Dubon would start the season in Triple-A in order for him to get back into a groove. But I would imagine it won’t be long before we see him get the call.
If he posts another strong month of April, we could see him in Milwaukee by May. The planned platoon of Hernan Perez and Cory Spangenberg is just a stopgap and if either side of that platoon is not pulling their weight, it’s fair to think the Milwaukee Brewers would be ready to go with Dubon at the position.
There’s a lot to be excited about with Dubon. He’s attacked his rehab hard and has the right mentality heading into spring training. This is not a guy someone should bet against. That’s why he cracks the Top Five in our Brewers Top Prospects list.
The Milwaukee Brewers are glad to have Dubon back at full strength. He should get a chance to earn the starting second base job before Keston Hiura can get a chance at it.