Back during the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox used their only fourth round pick on a junior third baseman out of the University of Arizona named Bobby Dalbec.
Today, Dalbec has worked his way up to becoming the organization’s sixth best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.
Before receiving a promotion to Double A Portland on August 3rd, Dalbec, 23, had played in 219 minor league games between Lowell, Greenville, the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, and Salem.
Known for the power he provides at the hot corner, the native of Seattle has hit 48 home runs in his young professional career, with more than 58% of those coming in 2018 alone.
That’s right, Dalbec hit 26 long balls with the Salem Red Sox to go along with 85 RBI and a .945 OPS in exactly 100 games.
After getting the call up to the Sea Dogs this past Friday, the former Wildcat has gotten the next step of his career off to a hot start thanks to a two-homer game on Sunday afternoon against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
In three Eastern League contests, Dalbec is already slashing .444/.545/1.111 with those two homers and four runs driven in.
Those numbers are sure to go down over the course of what’s left of the Sea Dogs’ season, but it should be interesting to watch how Dalbec adjusts to stiffer competition.