Boston Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec

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Red Sox Farm Report: Bobby Dalbec struggling to find his swing

Nick Friar
April 17, 2019 - 9:33 am

Since bursting on the scene at big league spring training, Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec has had a tough time getting back on track at the plate. Now with Double-A Portland, the third baseman is hitting .226 with only has one home run and one double in 31 at-bats. Over his last four games, he’s 2-for-14 with four strikeouts.

Most alarming among his season totals are Dalbec’s strikeouts: 12 times in nine games. If he were hitting home runs at a strong rate and striking out often — similar to what he’s done in the past — then there’d be less of an issue. But only one home run while averaging 1.33 strikeouts a game isn’t exactly promising. At this rate, if he were to play a full 162-game season, Dalbec would project to finish with 216 strikeouts and 18 home runs. Not what you’re looking for.

The soon-to-be 24-year-old (June) still has time to get his power stroke back. If you’re not a fan of the new strikeout or home run approach in the game, Dalbec is not going to be your guy. Aside from his go-around with short season Lowell in 2016, he’s hasn’t hit above .261 at any level. And in both 2017 and 2018 he averaged over a strikeout per game.

 

Pair of pitching prospects in Portland

Darwinzon Hernandez finally made his second appearance of the regular season. The bottom line was fine: two runs over five innings. However, Hernandez’s control was an issue again, giving up three walks. That’s unacceptable when you’re giving up six hits in five innings. He also struck out five.

Durbin Feltman was among those to relieve Hernandez. The young righty chucked another scoreless, hitless frame while striking out two. He has not given up a run over his last three outings — which have spanned three innings.