Mauricio Dubon is turning a dream into a reality with the Giants.
The infield prospect is being called up to the Giants on Tuesday, fulfilling a promise he made 10 years ago.
Dubon moved stateside from Honduras to Sacramento when he was 15 years old. A baseball coach on a mission trip saw the shortstop practicing and asked how old he was. Soon, Dubon was playing summer baseball in Northern California and decided to stay for his final two years of high school.
"Best decision I ever made in my life," Dubon said last month in a documentary with the San Antonio Missions, the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate.
Dubon proved on the field he made the right choice. He hit .509 with eight home runs, 23 doubles, 14 triples and stole 50 bases in two years at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento, and was then taken by the Red Sox in the 26th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
The Giants acquired Dubon from the Brewers for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black hours before the July 31 MLB trade deadline. Since joining the Sacramento River Cats, Dubon caught fire at the plate for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate.
With Dubon, it’s gone 😎 pic.twitter.com/q2MwvukfMA— rivercats (@RiverCats) August 27, 2019
Dubon hit .323 with four home runs and four doubles in 25 games for the River Cats. Between San Antonio and Sacramento, Dubon hit .302 with 20 homers in Triple-A this year.
The Brewers called up Dubon for two games earlier this season, but he's yet to get a hit in the big leagues. That soon could change with the Giants, playing for the team he rooted for as a teenager.
Dubon's baseball journey already has sent him to countless places, and he's only 25 years old. If all goes right, San Francisco and Oracle Park can be his home for years to come.