By: Amanda Dronzek
Kicking off the 2021 season, the Boston Red Sox have come back to baseball as a brand new team. Following the restrictions of the 2020 season, the Sox ended last in the American League East, only playing 60 games for the year. After spring training, Boston looked strong coming into the season, with a variety of new faces in the starting lineup. First basemen Bobby Dalbec hit the field and continued his rookie year for the Red Sox. In 2020, Dalbec debuted his MLB career in August, as the third ranked prospect for Boston. He hit five home runs in five games, making history as the first baseball player to hit five home runs in their first ten at bats.
Dalbec entered the world of professional baseball in 2016 when he was drafted by the Sox from Arizona, and was positioned at first base where he’s been playing all of 2021. Since he was a child, Dalbec had adored baseball, and went on to play for the University of Arizona as an accomplished pitcher and hitter. In the 2016 College World Series, Dalbec pitched eight innings for the Wildcats, allowing one run and striking out 12. Although the team lost, Dalbec was able to make a name for himself and build his way up to the minor leagues. Drafted out of Arizona as the fourth prospect, Dalbec went on as a third baseman to the Portland Sea Dogs in 2018 and 2019. He continued to play at third throughout his time in Maine and eventually was assigned to the PawSox. In 135 games in the minor leagues, Dalbec drove in 73 runs, and hit 27 home runs.
In 2020, he was called up by the Red Sox. With first baseman Mitch Morland being traded to the San Diego Padres before the 2020 season, Dalbec was given the opportunity to take his place in the starting lineup. In his first major league at bat, Dalbec smoked a 408 foot two run home run against the Washington Nationals. The twenty five year old went on to hit eight total home runs in his rookie year, bringing him to spring training for the current season. He ended his time in Florida with seven home runs over 18 games, and quickly gained traction as a well rounded and hard working player. Dalbec currently has one home run under his belt in the past 23 games he’s played in 2021, and Red Sox Manager Alex Cora has high hopes for the future of #29.