SF Giants: 3 players that need to prove themselves in 2022
3. Mauricio Dubón
If one remembers all the way back to Opening Day in 2021, Mauricio Dubon was the starting center fielder for the San Francisco Giants. By the end of the season, he was not even on the roster due to struggles at the plate and the emergence of superior players like Thairo Estrada and LaMonte Wade Jr.
We know that Dubón has great talent and potential and ideally would fit perfectly on a roster that places such a high premium on versatility. He is a solid shortstop but can also play at second, third, and center field.
However, Dubón did not hit well enough to justify keeping him on the big league roster which is why he spent July and August in Sacramento. For the year he hit .240/.278/.377 with 5 homers and 22 RBI. That's not good enough to keep your spot on the roster when guys like Slater, Wade, and Ruf are putting up far superior numbers.
That is why Dubón has to prove that he belongs on the big league roster in 2022. The 27-year-old does not have an option remaining, so he will really need to perform in spring training to justify a spot on the Opening Day roster.
He has his work cut out for him with all the talented options that the Giants have, but if he can prove that he has improved as a hitter then there is a chance that he makes the roster.
In sum, these three players all have something to prove in 2022. Really, it boils down to whether they can be more consistent hitters at the big league level. If they can, then they could be an important part of the Giants in 2022.