Bobby Dalbec Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/29/1995 (28)
Bobby Dalbec Season Stats
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Bobby Dalbec News
Boston Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec is expected to join the team in Tampa Bay on Monday. The team hasn't made an official move yet, but the expectation is that Adam Duvall (wrist) will be placed on the injured list. The right-handed slugger suffered an injury during Sunday's game. It seems like the team is leaning towards placing Duvall on the injured list, but we'll wait and see what happens. Dalbec does have plenty of power in his bat, but doesn't offer much upside outside of that.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Monday. The Red Sox also sent catcher Jorge Alfaro to minor-league camp. With Dalbec starting the 2023 season in the minors, it means that infielder Yu Chang will be on the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder. Dalbec hit two home runs in spring training, but he also hit only .235 (12-for-51) with five walks and 21 strikeouts in 56 plate appearances. He has some big-time power, but he needs to start making more contact if he wants to come back up to the big leagues and stick around. The Red Sox are rolling with Triston Casas as their regular first baseman to open the 2023 campaign. Boston is going with catchers Reese McGuire and Connor Wong at the position to kick off the season.
Boston Red Sox corner infielder Bobby Dalbec started at shortstop in Tuesday's Grapefruit game against the Tigers. Manager Alex Cora said of the 27-year-old. "I think he's a plus defender. The more we can expose him at short, second if we have a chance, we'll do that." Dalbec struggled in 2022, slashing just .215/.283/.369 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 353 plate appearances. He is off to a hot start this spring, but he currently is on the outside looking in for a starting role in the infield. His power potential is still there, and if he can provide defensive value at a number of positions, he may be able to work his way into the lineup. Until then, fantasy managers will have to pass on Dalbec.
There is reason for optimism with the Red Sox big man this season. The power has never been in question, and he posted an elite home run rate in 2022 (25 homers in 452 PAs). The downside thus far has been the huge strikeout problem (career 35.8% K%) that has kept his batting average in the dumps. We saw Dalbec start to slightly turn this trend around in the second half of 2021 as he struck out at a lower 28.8% clip from August 1st onward. That is still a problematic strikeout rate that is unlikely to lead to anything but a bad batting average, but there is some hope that he can hit enough homers and drive in enough runs to make that worth the trade. His 20.2% barrel rate and 115.6 max exit velocity last year leave no doubts that this guy can hit 40 homers in the show, and that's someone that is worth taking a shot at age 26 with a low ADP of 224.