Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Bobby Dalbec

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

Today's featured player: Bobby Dalbec 

Photo courtesy of Billy Weiss / Boston Red Sox

The rookie infielder made his professional debut during the pandemic shortened season.  Dalbec would turn heads with his impressive power, hitting eight home runs in 23 games.

        

Back of the baseball card:


  • Position(s): First baseman / Third baseman 
  • Age: 25
  • Bats: Right / Throws: Right
  • Height: 6-4 / Weight: 227 lbs. 
  • Nickname: n/a
  • How acquired: Selected in the 4th round of the 2016 June Draft
  • Contract status: Under team control through 2027


2020 Highlights: 


Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald/Chris O'Meara AP

* Dalbec made his Major League debut playing in 23 games during the 2020 season.  He hit .263 with eight home runs, 16 RBI's and a .959 OPS. 


* He went 2-for-18, .111 average through his first five games, then went 19-for-62, .306 in his final 18 games. 


* Set the Red Sox record for most HR, six, in a player’s first 10 ML games.  Joined  AL Rookie of the Year, Kyle Lewis as the only players ever to homer in as many as 6 of their first 10 ML games.


* Tied the Red Sox record for consecutive games with a HR (5), setting a new franchise rookie record and tying the ML rookie record (10th time).


Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

Heading into the 2021 season, it will be easy for Red Sox fans to elevate Dalbec based off last season.  Despite the Bill James projections, it would be wise to temper expectations a bit with him. 


There is tremendous power potential for Dalbec,  He’s been hitting home runs at every level of the minor leagues.  He has been one of their most productive bats, which earned him the call up last season.  The one concern is he strikeouts a lot. 


FanGraphs rates his Raw Power, or power potential, as 70 on the 20-80 scale.  While the power is there for him, so are strikeouts.  His strikeout rate was high in the minors and might increase as he plays everyday in the major leagues. 


The young power-hitting prospect will be fun to watch in 2021, especially if he produces to the level of the Bill James projections.  If he can keep the strikeouts under control, look for Dalbec to be a potential Rookie of the Year candidate because of his thunderous bat and a power option in the middle of the lineup. 


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