Mauricio Dubon

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A Sacramento kid via Honduras is now a Giant

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August 28, 2019 - 10:26 am

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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Mauricio Dubon received the call of a lifetime on Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants told him to pack his bags and come to “the City” to join the big club. For a young man who played his high school baseball at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento, getting the chance to become a San Francisco Giant is a big deal.

A long and winding road

Dubon was born in Honduras. While he was attending high school there, a group from Capital Christian High School visited his campus on their baseball mission trip. After they saw Dubon play, he was invited to come to Sacramento so he could work on his baseball skills. He became a foreign exchange student at Capital Christian.

He posted a .509 batting average in his junior year and in his senior season he recorded 23 doubles, 14 triples, eight home runs and 81 RBI. Those stats led to him being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2013 draft.

As is typical these days, Dubon moved from the Red Sox to the Brewers organization in a multiple player trade. He was promoted to the major league club by the Brewers in July of this year and had two at bats. Dubon became the second player from Honduras to play in the MLB.

Then, Dubon was caught up in another trade that sent him to the Giants organization when they sent Ray Black and Drew Pomeranz to Milwaukee.

Sacramento River Cats

After being traded, Dubon was assigned to the River Cats and found himself playing in his adopted hometown. He played in 25 games for the Cats hitting .323 with a .391 on base percentage. In 99 at bats, Dubon recorded 32 hits, four doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and scored 23 runs. He is also known for being an outstanding defensive shortstop.

Why he got the call to SF

The Scooter Gennett era has come to an end in San Francisco as the Giants placed him on unconditional release waivers. Infielder Abiatal Avelino was optioned back to the River Cats while pitcher Trevor Gott was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Rogers and outfielder Joey Rickard were also added to the Giants major league roster.

Welcome to the big leagues, Tyler Rogers! -- #SFGiants

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Dubon did not play on Tuesday night

The Giants have Wednesday off and then will host the Padres for four game at Oracle Park. The team did not bring Dubon up from Triple-A to eat seeds and take up space on the bench in the dugout. Don’t be surprised to see him start at shortstop on Thursday night.

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