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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Mauricio Dubon #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Mauricio Dubon #19 of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Giants rookie Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Giants rookie Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

A breakout year from Mauricio Dubon

Acquired in the deal that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Milwaukee Brewers last summer, 25-year-old second baseman Mauricio Dubon is projected to have a big year.

The Giants acquired Dubon to be a cornerstone of the infield and starting lineup when the traded away the resurgent Pomeranz and fellow reliever Ray Black. While he’s still young and unproven, the projection shows Dubon could be on his way to fulfilling that vision.

ZiPS projects a .260/.296/.378 line with 13 home runs, 52 RBI, 67 runs scored, 15 stolen bases, and just 93 strikeouts in 622 plate appearances.

While those numbers will not put him on any statistical leaderboard, they reflect positively on Dubon’s overall game. He has some power, the ability to put the bat on the ball, and he can make things happen when he’s on the bases.

While he was highly successful in the minor leagues and in his first taste of MLB action with the Giants last season, it remains to be seen how the league will adjust to Dubon and if he can counter.

The starting second base job is his to lose heading into spring training.

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