Red Sox Prospects: The Future Bash Bros


Growing up I watched every Mighty Ducks movie that was ever made.  I think that my favorite was the second movie: D2: The Mighty Ducks.  I must have seen that movie at least 100 times as a kid.  From Keenan Thompson’s “knuckle puck” to the unleashing of the Bash Brothers, the second Mighty Ducks movie was awesome.

Baseball is back, and that is also awesome.  Spring training games are underway in the warmer climates of the country and I’m pumped.  The familiar sounds of baseball are back.  The crack of the bats and the whispers of the crowds are therapeutic to me.  Opening day cannot come fast enough.

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There have been two spring training story lines in Boston that I have paid close attention to.  The first being Jackie Bradley Jr’s new hitting approach.  The second is the next wave of power bats for the Sox, and more specifically, Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec.  These two players are starting to look like the future Bash Brothers of the Boston Red Sox.

Chavis is the highest ranked prospect in the Red Sox system, so it makes sense that I start with him.  Chavis isn’t a tall guy.  He is listed at 5’10’’, but man does he pack a punch.  He has a violent swing and uses that swing to crush baseballs over the fence.  I think his raw power will play at the highest level because of his ability to hit the ball hard to all fields.  Another indicator that Chavis has the offensive skill to produce at the big league level is that he doesn’t have drastic splits when facing a lefty or righty pitcher.  The former first round draft selection has shown that he is very good at the plate, even after he returned from the 80 game suspension.

Ever since Chavis was drafted some personnel within the Red Sox organization have been concerned that he wouldn’t have a position to call home.  Those concerns sprouted due to two main reasons.  One reason was because he seems to be blocked by guys on the big league roster.  The second and most important reason was his lack of overall defensive skill.  That has since started to change. 

Chavis has improved his game defensively quite a bit.  He still doesn’t have the quickness to be an elite defender, but he has improved his fundamentals.  And you can never discount his arm.  Chavis has always had a very strong throwing arm.  Because of his recent developments scouts envision him playing a solid second base or a very mediocre third base.  Either way he is now being looked at as a possibility to fill those spots in the future if called upon.

Chavis has been impressive this spring.  His power has been out in full force.  So far this spring, Chavis has hit four home runs, driven in ten runners and has an OPS of 1.205!  All stats are leading the team in spring.  I know spring stats do not matter but it can’t be a bad thing. 

I have personally watched all of his home runs and they haven’t been cheap.  Chavis has shown his power to all fields in the minors.  I think that is a major positive for the young slugger.  Michael Chavis is taking advantage of the chance he was been given this spring.  Maybe it is just me, but I think he looks like Dustin Pedroia when he runs out of the box, and that has to be a good thing right?

If the Red Sox continue to save money so that they do not run past the luxury tax threshold, Chavis could be the next man up.  The Sox gave him a chance to play in spring training for a reason.  And I think that reason is they want to get a good look at Chavis’ skill set.  If Steve Pearce, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Rafael Devers or Eduardo Nuñez misses a lot of time, then Chavis could be the guy who is given the first chance at filling that hole.  I think there is a good chance that Chavis will contribute to the 2019 Red Sox team.

Unlike Chavis, Bobby Dalbec is a very big guy.  When you see Dalbec on a baseball field he just looks like someone who hits home runs for a living.  Mr. Dalbec is going to be the next great Red Sox power bat.  Write it down now so I can prove my claim when it comes to fruition.  He has already won the Offensive Player of the Year award in Boston’s farm system.

Dalbec was selected in the fourth round out of the University of Arizona by the Red Sox.  Coming out of the draft Dalbec was Arizona’s starting third baseman AND their closer.  Boston was certain that they were drafting a batter, not a pitcher.  Since he was drafted Dalbec has made it absolutely clear that, if he made it to the big leagues, it would be as a hitter, and not just any ‘ole hitter, a real power bat. 

In his first professional season, Dalbec played in Single A Salem and Double A Portland.  He mashed 32 combined homers.  Members of the Boston organization are very excited that they have Dalbec’s bat in the system.

Okay, I understand this narrative is going to get played out, but the Red Sox have tried to let Bobby Dalbec learn from JD Martinez this spring.  He has been hitting in the same batting practice group as JD.  Surely Martinez can’t make everyone a great hitter, but it has seemed to matter lately.  So I think it is worth mentioning.  In fact, if I am wearing my super-duper fan glasses, I think Dalbec even kind of looks like Martinez at the dish.  Both players are close in height and weight.  Both sluggers have upright stances that look fairly similar.  You got to watch that hand to hip placement.  That’s a baseball term that I have only recently gotten familiar with. 

Dalbec’s biggest roadblock in his development is that he tends to swing and miss too often.  He has been known to lengthen his swing and sell out for homers.  If Martinez can start rubbing off of Dalbec, and he improves his ability to make contact, you could really see major steps forward for the young power hitter.

Dalbec projects well as a batter, but he also has ability in the field.  He has a straight up cannon.  I mentioned that he was a flame throwing closer for his college team.  Some would say putting that arm at first base would be shame, but he can still help the team without firing the ball across the diamond.  Given his 6’-4” frame he would be a big target for infielders.  Not only was Dalbec the Offensive Player of the Year for the organization, but he was also awarded the Defensive Player of the Year honors.  I think he can hold down a position in the infield one day for Boston.

Just like his fellow bash bro, Dalbec is also having a solid spring.  His only home run came against a college team, so it doesn’t really count.  Who cares if it didn’t count because it was an absolute missile.  Dalbec is batting .333 this spring and that stat counts.  Young guys have good pre seasons every year and not every guy becomes a pro.  Dalbec is showing positive signs and as a fan I’m excited.

There seems to be a log jam at the corners for Boston.  A number of their most talented hitters project to be first or third basemen.  The future Bash Brothers may not team up until next season.  I do think Chavis could see time in Boston this season, but Dalbec is a long shot.  I think his jersey number in spring training speaks to that.  His number is 83 by the way, a number that no major leaguer wants to wear.  I can’t wait until the Bash Brothers are up in launching baseballs over the Green Monster.

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