Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Arm: 65 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50 via MLB.com
Bobby Dalbec enters 2020 as the Red Sox third-ranked prospect behind newly acquired 2B/SS Jeter Downs and 19-year-old 1B Tristan Casas. He is however the most intriguing Red Sox prospect in Spring Training because he is expected to make his MLB debut at some point in this upcoming season. Dalbec is a third baseman by trade but can hold his own at first base. Some expect Dalbec to make the Opening Day roster. I believe he will follow in Chavis’ footsteps and spend a month or two in the minors before dawning a Red Sox uniform.
Dalbec is not a five-tool player but his power can match up with any prospect in the game. In 2019 Dalbec hit just .239 with 27 HR and 73 RBI’s and an .816 OPS. He played 135 games last season, 105 in AA and 30 in AAA. I should note that he is a fairly patient hitter that drew 73 walks a season ago. While his power is elite, Dalbec struggles to make consistent contact. Bobby will hit some tape-measure shots at any level. The issue is that he could simultaneously lead that league in strikeouts. His defense is above average, and his arm is a step below elite. At 24-years-old he is a nearly finished product. I expect Dalbec to play solid defense, hit for power, walk frequently, and strikeout a frustrating amount of times.
If you would like to get informed about some other Red Sox Prospects, check out the MLB page, or click this link about C.J. Chatham, a sleeper pick to make the team this season.