The 27 year old rookie in 1999 pretty much came out of nowhere. His only prior Major League experience was a ten game stint with the Marlins the previous season. He was released after the season and signed by the Red Sox as a free agent and quickly proved to be an offensive weapon for Boston, filling in at first base for the departed Mo Vaughn and actually produced a higher slugging percentage than Vaughn.
Daubach hit .294/.360/.562 with 21 home runs and 73 RBIs. He also produced 33 doubles and finished fourth in the AL Rookie of the Year vote. Daubach was a streaky hitter and went on a tear down the stretch, putting himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation after a slow start to the season. He was the Player of the Week in mid-August.
Daubach played in the postseason in 1999 and hit a home run in each of the two rounds that Boston played. He drove in six runs and hit three doubles as well.
For coming out of nowhere as a 27 year old rookie, Daubach takes the first base position on this team.
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