Dalbec entered 2016 with Kris Bryant comparisons and a chance to go early in the first round, but he slumped as an Arizona junior and actually performed better on the mound, leading all pitchers with 41 strikeouts during the NCAA Division I tournament. The Red Sox still bought into his power potential and signed him for an over-slot $650,000 bonus in the fourth round. An old hamate injury ruined his first full pro season, but he bounced back in 2018 to rank second in the Minors in extra-base hits (70) and RBIs (109), and fourth in homers (32).
Dalbec comes with serious pop and serious swing-and-miss concerns -- as evidenced by his .301 Isolated Power and 32-percent strikeout rate last season. Few prospects anywhere have more raw power, which he creates with an impressive combination of bat speed, strength and launch angle, not to mention an extremely aggressive approach. He shows some patience to draw walks and is at his best when he uses the middle of the field, though he often sells out for home runs, lengthens his right-handed swing and chases pitches out of the zone.
While Dalbec has below-average speed, he has worked hard to make himself into a solid defender at third base. His range is ordinary, but he has good hands and a strong arm that delivered low-90s fastballs and effective sliders in college. Because they also have Rafael Devers in Boston and Michael Chavis in Triple-A, the Red Sox began exposing Dalbec to first base in 2018.
3B Bobby Dalbec assigned to Pawtucket Red Sox from Portland Sea Dogs.
Boston Red Sox invited non-roster 3B Bobby Dalbec to spring training.
3B Bobby Dalbec assigned to Portland Sea Dogs from Salem Red Sox.
Portland Sea Dogs activated 3B Bobby Dalbec.
3B Bobby Dalbec assigned to Salem Red Sox from Greenville Drive.
3B Bobby Dalbec assigned to Boston Red Sox.
Greenville Drive activated 3B Bobby Dalbec from the 7-day disabled list.
Greenville Drive sent 3B Bobby Dalbec on a rehab assignment to GCL Red Sox.
Greenville Drive placed 3B Bobby Dalbec on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 11, 2017.
3B Bobby Dalbec assigned to Greenville Drive from Lowell Spinners.