Last year, as a rookie, Bobby Dalbec made a quick and strong impression in September, smashing eight homers in 23 games while compiling a .600 slugging percentage.
There were challenges, too, as would be expected. The biggest of those was a lack of contact. Dalbec struck out 39 times in 80 at-bats, a rate that would seem unsustainable.
Reflecting back on his first month in the big leagues, Dalbec was candid.
"I think it gave me kind of a template of what I need to work on and things I need to execute better,'' he said of his experience. "Obviously I got exposed a little bit. but I felt like I made good adjustments on the fly. Swing decisions earlier in the count is a big thing I want to focus on and just being ready, allowing myself to see the ball as best I can. So I focused on starting so early that I almost felt uncomfortable and then work from there instead of being late and having to play catchup all the time. It's been translating and everything feels really good.''
As Alex Cora noted Tuesday morning, Dalbec's strikeout totals are