As the offseason begins, Around the Foghorn will be giving a full breakdown of the state of each position on the San Francisco Giants. Up first, second base.
We saw a shakeup at the second base position for the San Francisco Giants in 2019.
Longtime second baseman Joe Panik was released amid a disappointing season and replaced for a short time by deadline pickup Scooter Gennett and Donovan Solano until prospect Mauricio Dubon was called up.
Once Dubon was called up, talk of him being the second baseman of the future only accelerated. The 25-year-old showed plenty of flashes in his brief audition, giving San Francisco Giants fans plenty of reason for excitement, hitting .279/.312/.442 with four home runs and nine RBI in 28 games.
While the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Dubon weakened the Giants bullpen in the short-term, it may well have given them a building block for the future.
Any talk of the team’s 2019 second base situation has to include mention of Solano, who hit a surprising .330/.360/.456 with four home runs and 23 RBI after being called up early in the season from Triple-A to serve as the team’s backup infielder.
Even with Dubon and Solano both be back in the mix in 2020, there are still some other in-house options worth discussing and external options worth exploring.
Let’s start with a closer look at those in-house options.