Red Sox Shut Out Northeastern 6-0 In First Exhibition Game Of Spring, No. 3 Prospect Bobby Dalbec Goes Deep
Red Sox baseball officially returned to JetBlue Park yesterday as the champs shut out the Northeastern Huskies 6-0, in a game that ended following the conclusion of the top of the seventh.
Boston's starting lineup looked like this:
SS, Tzu-Wei Lin
C, Blake Swihart
DH, Christian Vazquez
3B, Bobby Dalbec
1B, Sam Travis
2B, Chad De La Guerra
CF, Tate Matheny
RF, Cole Sturgeon
LF, Jagger Rusconi
With Mike Shawaryn as the starting pitcher.
Pretty par for the course for the first exhibition game of the year, which always seems to be against Northeastern or another college team. Only a few recognizable names, many unfamiliar ones.
One of those unfamiliar names that people should know, if not already, is Bobby Dalbec. He's 23, ranked the third best prospect in the Red Sox organization, and coming off a 2018 season in the minors that saw him hit .257/.361/.558 with 32 home runs and 109 RBIs in 455 at-bats combined between single and double-A.
Yesterday, in his first at-bat of the spring, Dalbec stepped up leading off the bottom of the second:
That's a big-time dinger right there. It doesn't even matter that he was facing a college pitcher. That home run shows you the type of power Dalbec has. A nice level swing, towering blast to dead center. It doesn't get prettier than that. Plus, it was all the Sox needed yesterday.
Dalbec, who's 6'4'' and 225 pounds, was taken by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB draft.