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:
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.