Red Sox: Three prospects that can thrive with an MLB promotion in 2020
Red Sox Infielder: Bobby Dalbec
Bobby Dalbec is easily one of my favorite prospects in the Red Sox farm system. He’s often tied to Michael Chavis as both were near the top of the list as far as future stars of Fenway are concerned. Much like Chavis, Dalbec will primarily see action over at the hot corner but has the capability of playing first base. Hell, the guy can even pitch!
For me, he’d be best used as a backup to both Mitch Moreland and Rafael Devers. With Mitchy Two-Bags having 2020 and a club option for 2021, Boston needs to start grooming his replacement. I’m sure many will say that’s where Chavis comes in but with the future of Dustin Pedroia a giant mystery and Jose Peraza only signed for 2020, I see the Ice Horse playing at second.
This leaves a big gap over at first especially when you consider the injury history of Mitch lately. The downside of being a power hitter is that eventually, that back is going to start giving out. Infusing a young player like Dalbec into first base is a win-win for him and the Red Sox. He gets daily mentoring from one of the best first basemen there’s been, and Boston secures their future.
Bobby had a mixed spring with a .227/.320/.455/.775 line with a homer, two doubles, and 5 RBI. He did strike out seven times in 22 AB, but plate discipline can be worked on. I truly feel he could offer backup relief at both corners of the infield and get his bat going for some solid offense.