Bobby Dalbec Pawtucket Red Sox Third Base

Age: 24
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: Mid 2020

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Pronunciation: DAHL-beck
First Pro Contract: July 15, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Vaughn Williams
Signing Bonus: $650,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2019
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Pro Debut: July 23, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
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 needs some refinement. Lot of swing-and-miss in his game. Aggressive; likes to attack the ball. Pitch recognition needs some work; will get caught out in front too often against breaking balls, especially when behind in the count. Bat will be tested by more advanced pitching and will need to make the necessary adjustments. Will always have swing-and-miss in his game, but if he can keep strikeouts at a manageable level, has the potential to develop into a below-average hitter, capable of hitting in the .240 to .250 range, although it is more likely that his hit tool will play below that.

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 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 and now projects as an above-average defender at third base.
  Arm: Plus-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.

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.

Summation: Ceiling of a first-division, major contributor who could slot in the number five or six spot in a competing team's lineup. Ultimate future potential depends on how his hit tool develops. Comes with more risk than a normal college performer, but factors such as his changed swing mechanics and sole focus on hitting - no longer having to pitch - work in his favor. Even though he has reached the upper minors still has a wide gap between what he is now and what he could be due to questions with hit tool. Very young for a three-year college player - was still 20 years old when drafted. Has the potential for two well above-average tools in power and arm. Hit and field are two tools that need the most work. 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. If he can make enough contact against advanced pitching, has the potential to become an everyday regular at third base with good defense who hits 30-40 home runs in his best seasons. But if not, he could struggle to make enough contact to be more than an up-and-down player.

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)
    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
  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 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019 Portland East AA Bos 24     stats                            
2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards 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 Player of the Week (August 15-21, 2016)
2016 All-Star
2016 Rookie of the Year Player of the Week (May 28 - June 3, 2018) Player of the Week (July 2-8, 2018) Player of the Week (July 9-15, 2018) Player of the Month (July 2018)
2018 All-Star
2019 SoxProspects Offensive Player of the Year
2019 Pre-Season All-Star Player of the Week (May 6-12, 2019) Player of the Week (July 1-7, 2019)

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