Bobby Dalbec Boston Red Sox First Base - Third Base

       
 
Age: 26
Born: June 29, 1995
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 235
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 4th round, 2016 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Arizona
High School: Legend (CO)
ETA: 2021

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Bobby Dalbec photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: DOLL-beck
First Pro Contract: July 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Vaughn Williams
Signing Bonus: $650,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 23, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2019
MLB Debut: August 30, 2020 (BOS)
Service Time (1/21): 81 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2020)
Contract (2021): League Minimum
   
Twitter: @BobbyDalbec
Instagram: @bobbydalbec

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Strong, athletic build. Looks all of his listed 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. Minimal remaining projection. Strong upper body and core. Well proportioned, looks the part.

Hit: Made a mechanical change after signing with the Red Sox, returning to his stance and pre-pitch setup from 2015 when he excelled in the Cape Cod League. Starts slightly open with his hands high and up by his shoulder. Utilizes a leg lift timing device. Brings leg up and down quickly, ending up in a good hitting position. Has solid separation in his swing, and when he lands and transfers his weight, he brings his hips through quickly with a stiff front leg, allowing for significant torque. Above-average bat speed. Swings on a slightly uphill plane. Gets good extension and is comfortable getting his arms out and driving the ball to all fields. Approach has improved significantly in the minors, but will always have swing-and-miss in his game. Cut down significantly on strikeouts in 2019 to bring them to a manageable level, a very important development point for him. Aggressive; likes to attack the ball. Will get caught out in front too often against breaking balls, especially when behind in the count. Also has some trouble with velocity in on the hands. Bat will be tested by more advanced pitching and will need to make the necessary adjustments to keep these weaknesses from being exploited. If he can continue to keep strikeouts at a manageable level, has a chance to be a below-average hitter, capable of hitting in the .235 to .245 range.

Power: Plus-plus raw power. Among bats with best power potential in the system. Will put on a show in batting practice and has shown the ability to drive the ball out of the park to all fields with ease. Has shown the ability to actualize into in-game power when he keeps strikeouts at a manageable level. Natural lift in swing. Drives the ball with backspin. Ball jumps and carries off his bat. How much power actualizes will depend on hit tool, but has the ability to hit 30-plus home runs a year if he can make enough contact.

Run: Well below-average speed, but not a true base clogger. Takes some time to get going, but able to go from first to third on a single when on the move.

Field: Hands work well and footwork is usually reliable. A little stiff and has some trouble getting down on ground balls when charging the ball. Doesn't have great range, but makes up for that somewhat with his length, allowing him to cover more ground than his feet would normally allow. Has made great strides since he joined the Red Sox at third base. Regressed somewhat at third base in 2019 and projects as an average defender there. Also has seen significant time at first base at higher levels, in large part due to presence of Rafael Devers at third base in Boston.
  Arm: Plus arm strength. Touched the mid-90s off the mound in college. Plenty of arm for third base, able to make all the throws including balls fielded on the foul line. Has regressed slightly but still fine for third base.

Career
Notes: Starred as a two-way player at Arizona, including a standout performance in the 2016 College World Series as a starting pitcher in which he carried the Wildcats to a runner-up finish. Has stated that he much prefers to hit and play third base, and credited no longer having to pitch for part of his breakout debut with Lowell in 2016. Participated in 2016 Fall Instructional League. Missed a significant portion of the 2017 season due to a broken hamate bone. Invited to MLB spring training in 2019. Made MLB debut on August 30, 2020 and served as Red Sox' primary first baseman for the season's final month. Became fifth player in MLB history to homer six times in his first 10 games, but also struck out at a 42 percent clip. Was prone to extreme hot and cold streaks of four to six games. Entered 2021 season as Boston's primary first baseman.

Summation: Projects as a valuable role player on a contending team. Ultimate future potential depends on how his hit tool develops. Has the ceiling of an everyday regular with average defense who hits 30-plus home runs in his best seasons if he proves he can make enough contact against advanced pitching. If his hit tool doesn't progress he could struggle to make enough contact and become more of an up-and-down player. 2019 improvements helped to address these concerns, but needs to show those are real and not just a one-year aberration. He has worked hard cut down his strikeout rate as he has moved up the system and has improved considerably since he joined the organization as someone who came with more risk than a normal college performer. Tweaked swing mechanics and sole focus on hitting - no longer having to pitch - have helped. Has the potential for two plus-to-better tools in power and arm. Unlikely to ever hit for a high average and will always have a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, but teams will be able to live with that given his power potential.

Links
Return to past hitting mechanics fueling Dalbec (8.30.16)
Bobby Dalbec Video by SoxProspects (9.15.16)

Scouting Scratch (9.6.16)
Notes from the Field (3.22.17)
Spring Training Video of Bobby Dalbec 1 (3.22.19)

Spring Training Video of Bobby Dalbec 2 (3.22.19)
Spring Training Video of Bobby Dalbec 3 (3.22.19)
State of the System: Corner Infielders (4.22.20)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2014 Arizona NCAA Coll --- 19 47 169 22 45 9 0 2 30 60 18 48 1 2 0.266 0.333 0.355 0.688
  2015 Arizona NCAA Coll --- 20 55 213 43 68 11 2 15 53 128 32 60 0 2 0.319 0.410 0.601 1.011
  2015 Team USA --- --- --- 20 16 46 7 8 0 1 2 5 16 6 18 0 0 0.174 0.283 0.348 0.631
  2016 Arizona NCAA Coll --- 21 57 207 40 55 14 2 6 38 91 33 76 7 3 0.266 0.378 0.440 0.818
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 34 132 25 51 13 2 7 33 89 9 33 2 2 0.386 0.430 0.674 1.104
  2017 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 22 7 27 3 7 1 0 0 2 8 5 9 1 0 0.259 0.375 0.296 0.671
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 78 284 48 70 15 0 13 39 124 36 123 4 5 0.246 0.345 0.437 0.781
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 100 344 59 88 27 2 26 85 197 60 130 3 1 0.256 0.372 0.573 0.945
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 23 29 111 14 29 8 1 6 24 57 6 46 0 0 0.261 0.323 0.514 0.836
2018 Mesa AFL Fall Bos 23 20 73 9 16 6 0 3 16 31 15 32 0 0 0.219 0.367 0.425 0.791
  2019 Portland East AA Bos 24 105 359 57 84 15 2 20 57 163 68 110 6 4 0.234 0.371 0.454 0.825
  2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 30 113 12 29 4 0 7 16 54 5 29 0 2 0.257 0.301 0.478 0.779
  2019 Team USA P12 Int'l --- 24 --- 28 3 7 1 0 2 8 14 5 10 0 0 0.250 0.364 0.500 0.864
  2020 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 23 80  13 21 3 0 8 16 48 10 39 0 0 0.263 0.359 0.600 0.959
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021  Boston AL MLB Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2016 Baseball America Second Team All-American
2016 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American
2016 Perfect Game Second Team Pre-Season All-American
New York-Penn League Player of the Week (August 15-21, 2016)
New York-Penn League Player of the Week (August 22-28, 2016)
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (Aug/Sept 2016)
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Month (May 2018)
Carolina League Player of the Week (July 2-8, 2018)
Carolina League Player of the Week (July 9-15, 2018)
Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month (July 2018)
2018 Carolina League Player of the Year
2018 Carolina League Post-Season All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year (2018)
Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
Eastern League Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2019)
2019 Eastern League All-Star
2019 Eastern League Season-End All-Star
2019 Portland Sea Dogs MVP
American League Rookie of the Month (August 2021)
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (August 15-21, 2016)
2016 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2016 SoxProspects.com Rookie of the Year
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 28 - June 3, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 2-8, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 9-15, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Month (July 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2019 SoxProspects Offensive Player of the Year
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (July 1-7, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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