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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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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Mauricio Dubon #19 of the San Francisco Giants turns a double play, as Josh Naylor #22 of the San Diego Padres slides in to second base, on a ball hit by Manny Machado #13 in the first inning at Oracle Park on August 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Mauricio Dubon #19 of the San Francisco Giants turns a double play, as Josh Naylor #22 of the San Diego Padres slides in to second base, on a ball hit by Manny Machado #13 in the first inning at Oracle Park on August 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

While it is admittedly early to be making predictions about the 2020 season, we’re going to do just that.

I personally think that Mauricio Dubon is the real thing.

Admittedly, I thought the same thing about Dereck Rodriguez last year and that didn’t exactly pan out, but Dubon showed some real flashes.

One moment that really stands out is his home run off of Clayton Kershaw at Chavez Ravine, along with a number of impressive defensive plays.

Given his lack of experience, he is bound to have some growing pains, and while he’s a gifted athlete his offensive game remains a work-in-progress.

In the end, I believe he will hit somewhere in the .250-.270 range in his first full season in the majors with 10+ home runs, 50+ RBI and 10-15 stolen bases. His speed is a legitimate weapon, and if he ends up being a leadoff guy, he could be setting the table for bigger bats like Mike Yastrzemski, Evan Longoria, and Kevin Pillar.

If Dubon does struggle, at least the Giants will have the trusty Donovan Solano to back him up or give him a few days off if he’s in a funk.

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I think San Francisco Giants fans will be seeing a lot of Mauricio Dubon in 2020 and I think he will be a valuable player for them in the years to come.

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