Astros acquired a utility operator Mauricio Dupont From giants vs catcher Mike BaberskyAs announced by both clubs. In addition, the giants summoned the player Donovan Walton Replacing Dubon on the active roster and assigning Papierski to Triple-A Sacramento.
Dubon, 27, was originally drafted by Red Sox in 2013, but went to Brewers as part of 2016 Tyler Thornberg trade. He made it to the major leagues for a two-game cup of coffee before being sent to the Giants as part of a 2019 deadline deal sent Drew Pomeranz And Ray Black to breweries.
Since that time, Dubon has proven to be a useful seat/benefit piece for the club. In 179 career games, he made .258/.301/.395 while serving time in second base, third base, short and center field. This batting streak is 88 wRC+, about 12% below the league average, but his solid defense in multiple positions still allows him to accumulate 1.4 wins over substitutions for his career, according to FanGraphs.
These are solid contributions to the part-time player, but it looks like Dubon may have just been left out of the list of talented Giants. he and Thiro Estrada Similar roles play in the club as utility options for right-handed striking. Tommy La Stella He started the season on the injured list after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon in October, but he is currently recovering and is close to returning. The club will need to make room for him and it looks like they have either favored Estrada or secured an offer on Dubon that tip the scales in favor of this path. Since Dubon had no options, sending him to the palace would not be possible.
As for the Astros, they’ve had disappointing results from utility operators so far this year. Edmis Diaz It’s a hit of .191/.257/.294 per year for the WRC+ of 69. Nico Goodrem It was even worse, as its slash on the year is currently .128/.171/.179, wRC+ of 4. With Jose Altove And Jeremy Pena Both have dealt with minor injuries this week, the club’s midfield mix looking a bit choppy. They certainly hope Dubon can help support it.
As for Babersky, he was a 9th-round pick for the Astros in the 2017 draft. He has since worked his way up the minor league ladder, reaching Triple-A last year. His first taste of this level went well, laying out a streak of .246/.379/.375, 98 wRC+. However, it has slipped so far this year, sitting on the .211/.324/.278, .59 wRC+ line. He’s also been spending less time behind the plate this year, with 11 catches, nines in first base and six in set hitters. Last year, she was 64 in the catch and 28 in the starting. If he continued in this direction in his new establishment, it would put even more pressure on him to beat the bat because he wouldn’t offer the same defensive value.
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