The Red Sox have played about a half baker’s dozen of spring training games so far. One player swinging a hot bat is Bobby Dalbec. He hit two homers a game against the Minnesota Twins on March 3rd. He looks poised and comfortable at the plate so far. The Red Sox will count on him to anchor first base and be a key cog in the lineup to go along with Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts. Having Alex Cora as his new manager should help him with his fielding as well.
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Bobby Dalbec hit .263 with eight home runs and had 16 RBIs last year during a 60 game shortened pandemic 2020 season. Dalbec played collegiately at the Univeristy of Arizona and also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League during the 2014 season. As Boston’s 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Dalbec showed versatility in college playing third base, first base and also threw relief pitching. Added to the big league roster on August 30th following a trade of Mitch Moreland, Dalbec made his MLB debut that day and hit his first major league hit as a three run homer.
Baseball America rated Dalbec Boston’s number three prospect in 2020. He will hopefully be part of a new nucleus of players going forward that Chaim Bloom will build around. Boston is definitely looking for more leaders since the retirement of Dustin Pedroia. Only time will determine how Alex Verdugo and other youngsters pan out. Two other new key pieces that should help are Marwin Gonzalez and Kike Hernandez. Both have been in postseason play with their previous teams. Players like them should help with young Dalbec’s development. Although it is early in camp so far, Dalbec has looked the part of a major leaguer.