Bobby Dalbec Named American League Rookie of the Month

Bobby Dalbec Named American League Rookie of the Month
BOSTON, MA – MAY 14: Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox gives a curtain call after hitting a go-ahead two run home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels on May 14, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Bobby Dalbec has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for August. In a month where the team struggled mightily, Dalbec’s rise was a rare bright spot for the team. In August, Dalbec hit .339 with 7 home runs, 21 runs batted in and a 1.205 OPS in 24 games (18 starts). Bobby Dalbec certainly had some growing pains during his first full season but is starting to turn a corner. His numbers on the year are vastly improved after a great month. Remarkably, Dalbec is now a league average hitter on the season. He has brought his season average up to .238 with 18 home runs, 61 runs batted in and a .761 OPS. His strikeout numbers on the year are insanely high but Dalbec has driven in a ton of runs for a rookie in the bottom of the lineup. He’s been clutch all season, and this chart was an interesting piece of evidence to support that:

High Lvrge517165142141526004250.3230.3660.6461.012420101000.444163171
Medium Lvrge7911610992761313005420.2480.2930.4040.697442200000.3758690
Low Lvrge8418116616336210221012620.1990.2650.440.705731300100.2458594
Graph via Baseball Reference

The Bobby Dalbec experience has been frustrating but he has been on a tear as of late. Hopefully he can keep fighting for his spot in the lineup with Kyle Schwarber breathing down his neck. If he keeps this up, Dalbec will be a big part of this wildcard chase.

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