Being the 12th ranked prospect in an organization is usually great news for a young baseball player. That player is usually seen as someone with a clear route to the Majors. For Bobby Dalbec though, that isn’t the case.
Now isn’t the best time to be a third base prospect with the Boston Red Sox.
Michael Chavis is currently taking all the attention in the minors. He’s been mashing all year, and has 29 home runs at the moment. His move to Double-A has done nothing to slow him down.
Meanwhile, Rafael Devers is the third baseman in the Majors. Not only is he performing extremely well at the plate (.319/.396/.553), he hasn’t been a problem on defense either. Oh, and he’s 20.
With those two right at the top of the Boston prospect list, Bobby Dalbec sitting at 12 is all of a sudden an uphill battle.
It appears no one’s told Dalbec though. The 22-year-old is currently with the Full-A Greenville Drive, and he’s showing off his power.
On the year, the right-handed hitter has a .230/.322/.367 slash line between Rookie ball and Full-A. Recently, Dalbec has run into a strikeout problem. In fact, the 22-year-old has struck out in 85 of his 199 at-bats in Full-A. That’s a 42.7% strikeout rate.
While his numbers on the year aren’t the best, Dalbec’s raw power is hard to ignore. He showcased that power late on Thursday.
Heading into the bottom of the 16th inning (seriously), Dalbec was 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts. He decided the game had gone on for long enough though, and absolutely crushed a pitch over the Green Monster (Greenville has one too).
The walk-0ff was Dalbec’s eighth home run in Full-A this year.
Last season, Dalbec was a menace in Short-A. With the Lowell Spinners he managed a .386 average and seven home runs in just 34 games. Meanwhile, the 2016 4th-round draft pick had 13 doubles and two triples to go along with 33 RBI in the time as well.
Due to those numbers, 2017 may seem like a bust so far. Don’t forget that he’s had wrist problems this season though.
Sure, overall 2017 hasn’t been the best year for Bobby Dalbec in the stat books. With the home run power he possess though, he can flip the script in a hurry. A walk-off blast might just start that turn-around.