With Wednesday marking the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft the Boston Red Sox have in-turn added a few players to their 40-man roster.
Bobby Dalbec, C.J. Chatham, Marcus Wilson, Yoan Aybar, and Kyle Hart have all been added to Bostons 40-man roster. With the additions these players are now protected from the Rule 5 draft. Boston’s 40-man roster now sits at 39 for the moment.
Dalbec, 24-years-old, plays the corners and worked his way up to Triple-A Pawtucket last season. The former fourth round pick hit a combined .239 batting average in 472 at-bats while belting 27 home runs and driving in 73 RBIs. Still has some work to do but Dalbec is considered the best power prospect in the system and should see his Major League debut in the 2020 season.
Chatham like Dalbec started the 2019 season in Double-A Portland and worked his way up tp Pawtucket. The 24-year-olds primary position is shortstop but saw limited action at second base last season. Chatham is widely considered the organizations best contact hitting prospect and is above average defensively as well. The long-term position of Chatham is his biggest question given Xander Bogaerts long-term contract at short. In 2019 Chatham posted a combined .298 batting average in 436 at-bats while hitting five home runs and driving in 46 RBIs.
The other Pawtucket related player to make the 40-man was Hart. Hart also started the 2019 season in Portland and his Triple-A debut was actually a no-hitter. The 26-year-old is a former 19th round pick and has developed into a nice pitcher. Hart has an ability to work without his best stuff and get out of jams. Was impressive for the PawSox posting a combined 3.52 ERA on the season in 156.0 innings pitched with a 12-13 record in 27 appearances, 24 starts.
As for Wilson the 23-year-old worked his way up to Portland in 2019. Across three levels last season the outfielder posted a .269 batting average while belting 18 home runs and driving in 58 RBIs. Wilson was acquired by Boston in a trade that sent Blake Swihart to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Aybar, 23-years-old signed as a minor league free agent back in 2013 and pitched for both Salem and Greenville in 2019. He posted a 4.61 ERA in 56.2 innings pitched across 44 outings.
Boston’s 40-man roster remains very fluid and more moves are likely in the coming weeks.