Under the Red Sox prospect radar: Mauricio Dubon
How many players from Honduras have played major league baseball? The answer is none. But the Red Sox have one that may eventually make it to the majors in Mauricio Dubon who was drafted in the 26th round in 2013 and is now ranked 20th on Sox Prospects.
Dubon is now 20-years-old and is certainly a work in progress as he develops his skills at Greenville in the South Atlantic League. Dubon is a right-handed bat who does split duty between second and short for The Drive and will usually bat in the number one position.
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The Drive play at Fluor Field that is a replica to Fenway with one small alteration in that their faux “Green Monster” is 30’ feet high. The Drive currently lead the South Atlantic League in hitting at .268, are fifth in pitching ERA and reside in first place in the Southern Division of the 14 team league.
Dubon is lithe in appearance at six feet and a lean 160 pounds as he patrols short/second for the Drive this season. The book on Dubon is one of plus arm strength and quickness for his position. Range is fluid and footwork is developing as Dubon appears further advanced with the glove than the bat. Projections at this early stage point to an ability to play all infield positions except first base.
Dubon is currently slashing .278/.321/.397 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 37 games. Dubon has also swiped eight bases in ten attempts. Dubon is hitting higher on the road (.328/.244) than at Fluor Field, so a faux Fenway factor is not present at this point in his development. Dubon’s ISO is .119 and a real downside is strike zone development as Dubon has eight walks in 151 at bats.
Of note is Dubon’s average for April which checked in at .338 but has slipped to .216 in May. How Dubon hits from this point on will determine his next step up the Red Sox ladder. This is a young player still in the early stages of development and at Greenville the attention is on Javier Guerra and Yoan Moncada.
Statistics via Greenville Drive and SAL. Through 5/25/2015.
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