By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Red Sox will get a look at their new top prospect in big league camp when they report to Fort Myers in a little over a month.
Third baseman Bobby Dalbec, who recently jumped to number one in Baseball America’s latest rankings of the Red Sox farm system, will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training.
Dalbec was one of the most prolific power hitters in minor league baseball this past season, setting a single-season record with 26 home runs at Single-A Salem before being promoted to Double-A Portland, where he hit six more homers in 29 games.
Scouts rave about Dalbec’s power potential, but express concern over his strikeout rate. He is considered a quality defensive third baseman with a strong arm and has also seen time at first base.
He was a fourth round pick out of the University of Arizona in 2016 and saw the early part of his professional career slowed by a broken wrist.
Right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn, the 8th ranked prospect in the farm system, has also been invited to his first big league camp.
Shortstop C.J. Chatham was also invited to major league spring training. He checked in at number 10 in the latest Baseball America rankings.
Rusney Castillo will return to Red Sox camp to begin spring training, but he remains off the 40-man roster.
The team also extended non-roster invites to catcher Austin Rei, infielder Chad De La Guerra, first baseman Josh Ockimey, and outfielders Bryce Brentz, Tate Matheny, and Cole Sturgeon.