Mauricio Dubon, 2B/SS, Triple-A
I don’t think that July is the best time to trade Mauricio Dubon away. I think he’s much more likely to get traded in the offseason when they can get a full market for his services, but there is a solid chance he gets dealt in July.
When the Milwaukee Brewers called up Keston Hiura instead of Dubon, it seemed pretty telling of what the situation was between the two players. Dubon, who had been waiting in Triple-A for nearly two seasons and was pretty much MLB ready to start the season, had been passed by Hiura.
If an opening pops up at second base the rest of the year, Hiura will get the call, not Dubon. Only if Orlando Arcia gets hurt will we see Dubon, in all likelihood, at this point. He’s dropped down on the organizational depth chart behind Hiura.
He’s still ready and deserving of a shot to play in MLB, and he could play for most big league clubs right now. But he’s in Triple-A and hasn’t gotten a shot with the Brewers yet.
This year, Dubon is hitting .290/.329/.436 with eight home runs, 27 RBIs, and five stolen bases. He’s still playing well and appears to have bounced back from his ACL injury. The power surge has continued for Dubon and he’s still hitting at a great clip.
He can play shortstop, and he can hit, and that’s an extremely valuable prospect at the July trade deadline. Not to mention he can jump into the big leagues tomorrow, and being MLB ready makes him that much more valuable to inquiring MLB teams.
I don’t think this is the best time to trade Dubon, but long term I don’t think Dubon is sticking with the Brewers, as unfortunate as that is. But Keston Hiura has taken Dubon’s long term home and Dubon getting snubbed for Hiura instead is a sign that Dubon could be on his way out sooner rather than later.