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Giants: Will these three young players regress or improve in 2020?

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Mauricio Dubon #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single that scored a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon

In his short time in the majors, Mauricio Dubon impressed both with his bat and his glove.

In 28 games with the Giants, he hit .279/.312/.442 with five doubles and four home runs in 111 plate appearances.

He is not a guaranteed starter like Yaz, but it is safe to assume that the second base job is his to lose headed into spring training. Unlike Yaz, he is a more traditional prospect age, as he turned 25 years old in July.

Baseball-Reference.com projects a line of .262/.322/.451 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI. These numbers may be a little off and predicated too much on the 2019 numbers, but the lower RBI total makes sense considering he will likely be hitting near the top of the lineup with his speed and setting the table for the bigger hitters.

His 19-to-5 strikeout-to walk-ratio is partly a cause for concern, but in an age when strikeouts are so common, it probably doesn’t foretell a massive drop-off in production.

While it’s clear that his bat is the biggest question mark in terms of his long-term outlook, his defensive skills up the middle and his speed on the base paths will make him an asset next year no matter what.

I think over the course of the whole year he will hit in the .270-.280 range and will have 5-10 homers as well, but for what he lacks in the batting department, he will make up for with web gems and speed.

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