3. Bobby Dalbec
Bobby Dalbec is someone who's given Red Sox fans a ton of headaches over the last few years.
On one hand, the slugging infielder has been a standout minor-league player since 2019. He's played 157 games with Triple-A Worcester during that span, launching 45 HRs with 103 RBIs while slashing .265/.360/.542. With stats like those it's no wonder that a lot of fans are believers in his potential.
On the other hand, Dalbec hasn't been nearly as consistent at the MLB level. He showed potential with a 25-HR, 78-RBI performance across 133 games during the 2021 campaign, but has trended in the opposite direction since then.
The former Arizona product has played just 138 games over the last two MLB seasons, tallying 13 homers, 40 RBIs, 146 strikeouts, and a .213 batting average with a .641 on-base plus slugging percentage. It got to the point where he only played in 21 games with the Red Sox in 2023, yielding a 52.8% strikeout percentage across 53 plate appearances.
For comparison, the average MLB strikeout rate last season was only 22.9%, per Baseball-Reference.
Breslow and Alex Cora still have faith that Dalbec can bounce back following his 2023 struggles, but a turnaround is far from guaranteed. The clock is on for the 27-year-old to get back on track if he wants to become a full-time Major Leaguer ever again.
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