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Former Arizona baseball star Bobby Dalbec called up by Red Sox, makes MLB debut Sunday

Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Bobby Dalbec is making his MLB debut on Sunday, starting at first base and hitting eighth for the Boston Red Sox in their series finale against the Washington Nationals.

The 25-year-old was promoted after the club traded first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland to the San Diego Padres earlier in the day.

Dalbec is Boston’s No. 1 prospect. In 1,370 minor league at-bats, the former Arizona Wildcat has posted a .261/.362/.505 slash line while belting 79 homers, making a name for himself as one of the best power-hitters in the minors.

Dalbec was a two-way player at Arizona from 2014-2016, and was UA’s closer in 2016 when it finished as the College World Series runner-up. He also hit 23 homers and knocked in 123 runs in his college career.

Minor league baseball was canceled this year due to the coronavirus crisis, so Dalbec has spent the 2020 season at the Red Sox alternate training site in Pawtucket.