4. The Progress Of The Second Base Prospects
The Milwaukee Brewers are blessed with two great young prospects at the second base position: Mauricio Dubon and Keston Hiura.
The Brewers have stated that neither player will begin the season with the major league club. But that hasn’t stopped people from speculating. If Hiura or Dubon have ridiculously huge spring trainings, could they make the Opening Day roster?
The answer to that is still no, but it would definitely impact when they could get called up to the big league club.
If Dubon has a big spring, he could put himself in line for a promotion by the end of April. If the planned platoon at second base in Milwaukee isn’t bringing the desired results, Dubon should receive the first call to try to fill in the position.
But what if Keston Hiura has a huge camp, where he hits over .300 with a couple bombs, will he move up his timetable for a promotion. He’s basically been on the fast track to the big leagues since he was drafted.
At the same time, if either struggle during spring camp, it will also tell the Milwaukee Brewers a lot about their stage in the development process. If Hiura struggles, he may need a longer stint in Triple-A than most of us would expect right now. And if Dubon struggles, how much of it is still him trying to recover from his ACL injury?
How these two players perform this spring will tell us a lot about their availability to the big league club this season, and could have a major impact on when they get their call up to Milwaukee, which is expected to happen sometime this year for both of them.