Is the Boston Red Sox season going remotely well? No. But we must go on.
So that's why it might be easier to talk about one of the team's top prospects Bobby Dalbec. He hasn't disappointed us yet, so we might as well give him a little bit of spotlight. I think that's how it works. Honestly not too sure though.
So here's the deal with him: on Saturday, the team promoted Dalbec to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 24-year-old third baseman has blasted 20 home runs in 105 games for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs while hitting .234 with a .371 on-base percentage and .825 OPS.
Granted, that low contact rate in Double-A might be a little cause for concern especially when coupled with the fact that he struck out 110 times, but he is working his way up the minor league ladder, and that's worth noting -- because he is a solid power hitter.
Defensively, he has primarily played third base this year, but made 14 appearances at first base with the Sea Dogs. If the Red Sox just thought he was some bum, he might not be getting that same sort of opportunity to become more versatile. Clearly, they want to do something with him since Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce are not going to be on the team forever (they're actually free agents after this season), Michael Chavis is a natural second baseman and I don't know if they see Sam Travis as a major league first baseman.
It's possible Dalbec is a September call-up this year, depending on how the Red Sox are doing and what he does in the next few weeks in Triple-A. We'll keep a close eye out for him since power is a rare tool in a prospect. Would be cool if he did get an MLB shot soon though...