Giants call up prospect Mauricio Dubon
Acquired in the trade deadline deal that sent pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Milwaukee Brewers, second baseman prospect Mauricio Dubon is getting his first taste of the majors with the San Francisco Giants. According to Milwaukee Brewers beat reporter Robert Murray of The Athletic, Dubon has been called up in the wake of the release of Scooter Gennett, who manned second base for 42 games after being acquired by the Giants from the Cincinnati Reds.
For Dubon, his first taste of baseball in the big leagues came earlier in 2019 with the Brewers, when he went hitless in two games that he appeared in, striking out once in his two at-bats. While an uber-small sample size, Dubon has all the tools to be the successful second baseman of the future for the Giants, which is an area of need that they have been needing to fill after the release of incumbent second baseman Joe Panik right after the trade deadline.
The deal that brought Dubon to the Bay has given the Brewers mixed results, as while Pomeranz has been dominant of late, including having struck out all six Arizona Diamondbacks across two innings this past Sunday, Black has been up and down from the minors as the Brewers continue their roller coaster of a season with their bullpen. Milwaukee currently sits five-and-a-half games out of first place in the National League Central, a number that keeps growing as they continue to slide farther and farther out of playoff contention.
Dubon seemingly predicted that he would eventually be playing professional baseball in the Bay, as he sent out a tweet earlier on Tuesday, mentioning that, “10 years ago, I told my host parents ‘I’m gonna play here one day’ and guess what is happening #blessed.”
Playing for the Giants now is a great opportunity for Dubon, as regular playing time has now opened up for both him and Donovan Solano to take advantage of. According to reports before this year’s trade deadline, the Giants were seemingly enamored with Dubon, so the fact that they acquired him means that they have big plans for him and he looks to be a solid part of their franchise’s future.
Sitting out of playoff contention, the Giants have nothing standings-wise to play for; however, with the need to develop young players, like Dubon, the final month-plus of action is a great time for the younger players to see everyday playing time and get them some key innings.