Bobby Dalbec
24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Boston Red Sox AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Position players get graded on five tools, but those tools do not count the same. Take Dalbec, whose power, arm and glove are at least 60-grade, and possibly 70-grade tools. But if he ends up with a 30-grade hit tool, those sixes and sevens may not matter. He has never been young for his level, yet his strikeout rate has never been below 31% in full-season ball, and was above 37% at Low-A and Double-A. He also led the Arizona Fall League with 32 strikeouts in 20 games. Prior to his promotion to Double-A, he at least paired those whiffs with a ton of walks, but his BB% fell from 14.3% at High-A to 4.8% at Double-A. Dalbec's swing is geared for the type of contact we want -- line drives and flyballs -- but he needs to make contact at an acceptable clip. One comp comes to mind, if we want to take a glass-half-full outlook: Matt Chapman. However, Chapman's contact rates were always slightly better, and his walk rate never plummeted like Dalbec's did in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in July of 2016 that includes a $650,000 signing bonus.
Promotion not expected
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
September 5, 2019
Manager Alex Cora said the Red Sox are not considering promoting Dalbec, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Even with Michael Chavis (shoulder/side) expected to miss the remainder of the season, it sounds like the Red Sox are content finishing out the season with Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez as their options at the keystone. Thus, the 24-year-old Dalbec, who is slashing .239/.356/.460 with 27 home runs and 73 RBI between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this season (135 games), will likely have to wait until 2020 to make his big-league debut.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Dalbec was a fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Arizona, where he played third base and pitched. On a positional track in the Red Sox's organization, Dalbec was Babe Ruth reincarnated last summer, bashing seven homers while hitting .386 with a 1.101 OPS in 34 games for short-season Lowell. So, how was it that a player with this much power potential, an anticipated first-rounder after mashing in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2015, slipped to the fourth round? Dalbec slugged just .429 with seven homers while striking out 36.7 percent of the time in 68 games during his junior year at Arizona. The knock that he was an all-or-nothing hitter with a high K-rate. But something changed between the end of his junior year and his summer in Lowell. Dalbec went back to an open stance -- the same one used during the previous summer. His strikeout rate dropped to a manageable 25 percent, but the question remains if Dalbec can hit enough to overcome the strikeouts.
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Homers in third straight game
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 27, 2019
Dalbec went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Monday in Triple-A Pawtucket's 7-4 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Promoted to Triple-A
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 3, 2019
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Time in big-league camp ends
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
March 18, 2019
The Red Sox reassigned Dalbec to their minor-league camp Monday, Christopher Smith of reports.
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Homers Friday
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
February 23, 2019
Dalbec hit a home run in the second inning of Friday's 6-0 spring victory over Northeastern University.
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Lands invite to MLB spring training
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
January 10, 2019
Dalbec was invited to major-league spring training Thursday.
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