#1: Bobby Dalbec
Bobby Dalbec is one of the prospects that has Red Sox Nation watering at the mouth with each highlight. Going into the season he was ranked #3 behind Chavis and Tristan Casas on the prospect ladder. With Chavis now firmly planted with the Sox on the big roster that moves everyone up the list. Dalbec is currently with the Portland Sea Dogs and he’s making sure people know his name.
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The issue I see with Dalbec is that he is an every day third baseman. With Raffy Devers locking down the hot corner for the foreseeable future, I don’t quite know where Dalbec goes. When the logjam at second base clears up I could see Chavis moving back to second and having Dalbec learn how to manage first, but that’s asking a lot.
I don’t see the Red Sox willing to part with Casas anytime soon so if I had to offer up a prospect, Dalbec would be the first name. Boston would need to get a King’s Ransom for him though as he has major upside and he’s also just 23 years old. He will absolutely grow and continue to get better as long as he can stay healthy and get the reps he needs.
I’d hate to see Dalbec shipped off to another team but with the current state of the Red Sox pitching staff it may be what’s needed. Beyond Casas, Dalbec would offer the most in return for a prospect that Boston can offer up. He would be the best chance at getting some serious pieces to bolster the pitching staff especially if they build a bigger package with him included.
The Red Sox have just under two months to make something happen before the Trade Deadline hits. If they can make some moves to try and repair the broken lineup that is in place then they may still have a chance at rebounding. With the Yankees and Rays not slowing down seemingly anytime soon, Boston will need to wheel and deal to get this team going again.