Bobby Dalbec
23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Boston Red Sox AA
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 -- linedrives 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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Time in big-league camp ends
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
March 18, 2019
The Red Sox reassigned Dalbec to their minor-league camp Monday, Christopher Smith of reports.
One of Boston's top position prospects, Dalbec didn't make much of a mark during Grapefruit League play, going 6-for-30 with no home runs and nine strikeouts. Despite the lack of long balls this spring, Dalbec remains a high-end power hitter and is coming off a huge season split between Double-A Portland and High-A Salem in which he racked up 70 extra-base hits, including 32 home runs. He'll either head back to Portland or move up to Triple-A Pawtucket to begin the season.
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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 Friday
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
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  AA
January 10, 2019
Dalbec was invited to major-league spring training Thursday.
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Earns organizational awards
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
September 15, 2018
The Red Sox announced Dalbec as the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in their minor-league system, Christopher Smith of reports.
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Off to roaring start at Double-A
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
August 10, 2018
Dalbec went 3-for-5 with two solo home runs Thursday in Double-A Portland's 10-9 win over Erie.
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Moves up to Double-A
3BBoston Red Sox  AA
August 3, 2018
Dalbec was called up to Double-A Portland on Friday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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