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Cats in the Pros: Bobby Dalbec Makes MLB Debut with Red Sox

Aug 30, 2020

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Bobby Dalbec, a former two-way Arizona Baseball star and a member of the Wildcats 2016 squad that made a run to the College World Series, made his Major League Debut with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.

Dalbec made his MLB debut just over four years after being selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He is the 83rd Wildcat in MLB history and the first Arizona position player coached by head coach Jay Johnson to make it to The Show.

"I am so happy for Bobby. He was the ultimate team player here in 2016, doing anything we needed at the plate, in the field, and on the mound," Johnson said. "His selflessness and competitiveness willed our team to the College World Series finals. Nobody deserves this individual honor more and I am excited to see him make the most of it. I am very proud of him."

Across three seasons in a Wildcats uniform from 2014-16, Dalbec etched his name into program history. At the plate, he hit .282 with 34 doubles, 24 home runs, and 123 RBI and led the Pac-12 with 15 homers as a sophomore in 2015. From the mound, Dalbec posted a sparkling 2.65 ERA with 14 saves. He was a Freshman All-American in 2014, an All-American in 2015, a two-time member of the All-Pac-12 First Team, and a two-time semifinalist for the John Olerud Award.

Dalbec made an instant impact in his debut, smacking an opposite-field two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning for his first Major League hit. He finished the day 2-for-4 with one run scored, one home run, and two RBI. Dalbec is the third Wildcat to smack a home run for his first Major League hit, joining Alan Zinter (2002) and Jett Bandy (2015).

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