Bobby Dalbec - enigmatic at the plate but showing promise

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

We all know that the pandemic has been tacing people mentally.

But what does it say when someone actually sits through an entire 4 hours and 23 minutes of a game, featuring a total of 418 pitches, and the team is hopelessly out of playoff contention?

Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald

And let's not forget that the Red Sox blew leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the process.

Boston and Toronto wrapped up their 10-game season series Sunday afternoon with a 10-8 Blue Jays win, further cementing the Red Sox' chances at scoring one of the top picks in the 2021 amateur draft next June.

Highlights for the Red Sox were minimal - home runs by Bobby Dalbec (pictured), Kevin Plawecki, Josr Peraza and Xander Bogaerts.

Dalbec is a bit of an enigma. Just a week into his major league career he already has three home runs. He is striking out a lot - 14 times in just 27 plate appearances - but is also demonstrating the power scouts saw in him during his collegiate career. Let's also not forget that in four seasons at the A and AA levels he hit 79 home runs.

The obvious conclusion is that Dalbec simply HAS to start making more contact if he hopes to figure prominently in Boston's plans for 2021 and to that end, he and the coaches have been spending time looking at video of him in college. The hope is that by shortening his swing path, Dalbec can cut down on the strikeouts while not sacrificing any power.

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