Collette Calls: Dalbec Deep Dive

Collette Calls: Dalbec Deep Dive

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Given that we are little more than two scoring periods from the end of the fantasy season, it is time for this column to shift into offseason mode to prepare you for the 2022 draft season. Sometimes, that season begins as early as the first week of October as I am regularly invited to industry mock drafts for October and NFBC starts early draft once the regular season wraps up.

Every year during early draft season, multiple players catch helium and rise quickly up the ADP charts based on how they closed the season. I expect Bobby Dalbec to be one such player this draft season as he has been one the hottest hitters in baseball since the 2021 trade deadline. Only Bryce Harper has a higher wRC+ since the trade deadline (min. 100 PA) than the rookie slugger in Boston:

Dalbec's .311/.388/.728 batting line since the deadline has certainly moved the needle in a positive direction for him given it was .215/.260/.391 at the trade deadline, living up to the concerns I raised for him when I predicted before the season he would finish outside the top 350 this season.

Heading into the season, Dalbec's profile was full of risk given his big power but even bigger holes in his swing. His strikeout rate was historically bad in 2020 and has been a problem throughout his minor league career.

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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