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San Francisco Giants state of the position: Second base

Nick San Miguel
SF Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SF Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 18: Abiatal Avelino #2 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 18: Abiatal Avelino #2 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on August 18, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 6-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It’s worth mentioning once again that all signs point to Mauricio Dubon starting the season as the San Francisco Giants starting second baseman with Donovan Solano once again filling the utility infield role.

However, those are not the only viable second base options on the roster.

Journeyman Cristhian Adames played in a mere 10 games for the Giants in 2019 but made his presence known, hitting a solid .318/.375/.364 in 24 plate appearances.

The 28-year-old will likely start next season in the minors, but if there is an injury or one of Dubon or Solano underperforms, he could be the next man up.

He hit .278/.366/.532 with 14 doubles and 10 home runs in 238 plate appearances at Triple-A last year, and he has considerable MLB experience from his time with the Colorado Rockies.

Another name that is in the middle infield conversation is Abiatal Avelino. He has enjoyed brief stints with the Giants in both 2018 and 2019, after being acquired from the Yankees in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

He profiles more as a utility infielder than an everyday guy, but he’s still young with room for improvement, so he’ll be one to keep an eye on in the upper levels of the minors.

As an organization, the Giants are not super deep at the second base position, and as a result, there is a lot riding on Dubon’s continued development.

On the prospect side of things, Jalen Miller is worth monitoring.

The 22-year-old was a third-round pick in 2015, and while his offensive numbers dipped while making the jump from High-A to Double-A, he’s produced in the past and he’s current sharpening his skills in the Arizona Fall League.

So while there is some in-house depth, it’s clear the Giants are banking on Dubon being the guy in 2020 and going forward.

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