In what has been a very difficult 2020 season for the Boston Red Sox, rookie first baseman Bobby Dalbec is giving fans reason for optimism.
Dalbec homered twice against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday -- one HR in each game of the doubleheader -- giving him five homers total in his first nine MLB games.
His power has helped him accomplish a few really impressive feats, as described in the tweets below:
Elias says Dalbec is the first Red Sox rookie to homer in four straight games.— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) September 9, 2020
Bobby Dalbec of the @RedSox is the third player in the modern era to have a 4-game homer streak within the first 9 games of his MLB career.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 9, 2020
He joins Minnesota's Graig Nettles (1968) and Colorado's Trevor Story (2016).
Dalbec's five home runs ties the MLB record for the most in the first nine games of a career. According to Boston Sports Info on Twitter, the other six players to match that production to begin a career are Sam Horn, Taylor Teagarden, Trevor Story, Austin Riley, Kyle Lewis and Yordan Álvarez.
The 25-year-old first baseman is batting .250 with five home runs, eight RBI, six runs scored and three walks in nine games. Dalbec is already tied for fifth on the Red Sox in homers despite playing in roughly 20 percent of the team's 44 games this season.
Dalbec's power was already known before he got to the majors, but for him to crush MLB pitching the way he has through nine games is awfully impressive and a very positive sign for Boston's future.