Former Arizona baseball slugger Bobby Dalbec was named AL Rookie of the Month for August after driving in seven home runs and 21 runs for the Boston Red Sox over 24 games last month.
Among AL players with 50+ plate appearances, he ranked 1st in OPS (1.205), 2nd in slugging percentage (.774), 2nd in on-base percentage (.431) and 8th in batting average (.339).
The third baseman also dramatically lowered his strikeout rate to 25.0%, which was at 37.5% through July.
Dalbec’s best night of the month (and arguably of his MLB career) came on August 26 when he recorded seven RBIs including two homers in a 12-2 victory over Minnesota.
A fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Dalbec starred at multiple positions during his three years at Arizona. As a junior, he batted .260 at the plate with seven homers and 40 RBIs. He also appeared in 29 games as a pitcher, recording an 11-6 record and a 2.50 ERA.
Dalbec led Arizona to the 2016 College World Series finals series.