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2016 Red Sox top prospect voting: Mauricio Dubon makes the jump

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Mauricio Dubon made the jump into prospect circles with an impressive first year in full-season ball.

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We’re getting close to the end of this top twenty, and we’ve reached a weird jumble of prospects in the bottom tiers of Boston’s farm system. As Ben mentioned a couple spots ago when writing up Lakins, at this point it’s about choosing between high-floor utility types and high-ceiling lottery tickets. After the last two spots went to the latter, we get back to the former with the seventeenth spot.

Mauricio Dubon was a long shot to even reach this point ever since he was drafted in the 26th round out of high school. Although he moved stateside to attend high school, he is really from Honduras and spent most of his life there. If he continues the progress he’s made since turning pro and eventually makes the majors, he’ll be just the second player born in Honduras to make it that far and the first since the mid-1990’s. Of course, he still has a few steps to take before we reach that point.

Dubon struggled immediately after being drafted in his first assignment in the GCL, but that’s not an unusual development for a high school draftee that was selected in the 26th round. It was the next year — 2014 — where he really started showing off his skill set in Lowell. He played well enough that year to earn a bump up to full-season ball in 2015.

He really took off last year, as Dubon started the year in Greenville but played well enough to earn a midseason promotion to Salem. Now, this is the part of the program where I admit that he is "my guy," and I’m probably higher on him than anyone else in the world. With that being said, he showed these flashes in Lowell and last year really showed off the skill set that will make him a future major leaguer, even if it’s likely just as a utility player.

Specifically, that refers to his contact skills. Although Dubon’s approach could use some work, he has impressive bat-to-ball skills. It doesn’t result in any noticeable power, but it produces a ton of line drives that will help him carry a relatively high BABIP and hit his way into plenty of doubles. Once he does get on base, he has the foot speed to make a real impact on the base paths. Last season, he stole 30 bases in 37 chances, albeit against mostly subpar catchers in the low minors.

On the other side of the ball, he has shown off a glove that will play at either middle infield spot. Because he spent the year playing with the likes of Javier Guerra, Yoan Moncada and Wendell Rijo, he was forced into playing all over the infield. The reports were solid from each position, and that versatility will serve him well as he searches for a role in the higher minors.

As I’ve mentioned, in all likelihood this is a future utility player we’re talking about. That’s admittedly not that exciting. However, teams still need to develop these types of players to avoid over paying in free agency or on the trade market to fill out a bench. Additionally, he’s coming off a year in which he hit .288/.349/.376 between A-ball and High-A as a 20 year old. You never want to scout the stat line, but if he keeps up that production as he reaches the high minors, the possibility of Dubon becoming a second-division regular will start becoming more and more real.

  1. Yoan Moncada
  2. Andrew Benintendi
  3. Rafael Devers
  4. Anderson Espinoza
  5. Michael Kopech
  6. Brian Johnson
  7. Sam Travis
  8. Luis Alexander Basabe
  9. Deven Marrero
  10. Michael Chavis
  11. Pat Light
  12. Nick Longhi
  13. Marco Hernandez
  14. Teddy Stankiewicz
  15. Travis Lakins
  16. Christopher Acosta
  17. Mauricio Dubon

Three more spots until we’re done with this thing. You know what to do by now, get to the comments.