Hunter Dobbins Salem Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 23
Born: August 30, 1999
Birthplace: Bryan, TX
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 8th round, 2021 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Texas Tech
High School: Rudder (TX)
   

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 24, 2021 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Chris Reilly
Signing Bonus: $197,500
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
   
Pro Debut: June 5, 2022 (Salem)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @HunterD_20
Instagram: @hunterd_42

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Medium, athletic frame with projection remaining.

Mechanics: Throws from a high-three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Medium-to-high leg left. High-effort delivery. Arm is short behind and quick forward. Hides the ball well behind. Falls off hard toward first base.

Fastball: 91-94 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Showed a velocity increase just prior to the 2021 season and was touching 98 mph in fall games in 2020 and prior to Feb. 2021 injury in preseason scrimmages. During 2020 season, sat low-90s, topping out at 94. Some will show natural cut. Potential average pitch.

Curveball: 74-78 mph. Long, 12-to-6 breaking ball with depth. Has confidence in the pitch and will throw it in any count. Potential above-average pitch.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Circle changeup evolved from a split-fingered change. Some will show drop. Clear third pitch. Potential below-average pitch.

Slider: High-80s. Throws sparingly.
  Career Notes: Father, Lance Dobbins, played baseball at Alabama and in the Diamondbacks system. All-State in high school. Pitched as a reliever in the College World Series as a freshman in 2019. Midweek starter as a sophomore in pandemic-shortened season. Injured his UCL during a preseason scrimmage in 2021 and missed the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021 as a rehabber. Returned in June 2022 to make his pro debut in Salem. Was set to participate in the 2022 Fall Performance Program that was cancelled due to Hurricane Ian.

Summation: Potential organizational depth arm. Ceiling of an up-and-down reliever. Has shown intriguing fastball/curveball combination after returning from surgery, including holding most of his Fall 2020 velocity increase. Changeup lags behind and combined with delivery, likely future is in bullpen. Will continue working as a starter and continued increase in stuff could change projection.

Links
Red Sox select Hunter Dobbins with eighth-round pick (7.12.2021)
 
   
     
Pitching Stats
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2019 Texas Tech Big12 NCAA --- 19 2 1 3.75 13 2 1 24.0 23 11 10 2 1 9 21 1.33 7.88 3.38
  2020 Texas Tech Big12 NCAA --- 20 2 0 1.35 6 3 0 20 17 3 3 0 0 5 25 1.1 11.25 2.25
  2021 Texas Tech Big12 NCAA --- 21 --- DNP INJ --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 22 0 5 5.22 17 17 0 69.0 822 44 40 6 2 22 68 1.51 8.87 2.87
2023 TBD --- --- Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Texas All-State (2018)   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 18-24, 2022)  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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