BOSTON -- In the midst of their latest playoff run, the Red Sox are fortunate to have plenty of homegrown talent that helped account for a 108-win season, the best in club history.On the farm, there are others who envision being part of future Octobers.Right-handed hitting Bobby Dalbec, in particular,
BOSTON -- In the midst of their latest playoff run, the Red Sox are fortunate to have plenty of homegrown talent that helped account for a 108-win season, the best in club history.
On the farm, there are others who envision being part of future Octobers.
Right-handed hitting Bobby Dalbec, in particular, is a candidate to one day be taking aim at the Green Monster in the not-too-distant future.
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MLB Pipeline has awarded Dalbec as the Hitting Prospect of the Year for the Red Sox. Right-hander Denyi Reyes, who you haven't heard quite as much about yet, is the Pitching Prospect of the Year.
Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.
It has already been a fruitful year of awards for Dalbec, who was recently tabbed the organization's hitter and defender of the year in the annual awards given out by the Red Sox. Since the Red Sox started giving out separate awards for offense and defense in 2005, Dalbec is the first player to win both.
"I think it took a special performance on both sides of the ball," said Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett. "From an evaluative standpoint, from a numbers standpoint, he stood out in both areas pretty significantly."
In 129 games in the Minors this season, including the last 29 at Double-A Portland, the 23-year-old third baseman belted 32 homers and had 109 RBIs in 455 at-bats.
Dalbec takes particular pride in being recognized for his defense.
"I really worked hard on my defense in the offseason and in Spring Training, and it's something I take a lot of pride in. It feels very good to be acknowledged for that," said Dalbec.
It has been a fast rise for Dalbec, a fourth-round selection of the Red Sox out of Arizona in 2016.
Reyes was a find from the international scouting department and was signed by Boston in '14. The 6-4 righty specializes in location. The 21-year-old split his season between Class A affiliates Greenville and Salem, going 12-5 with a 1.97 ERA.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.