Dante Bichette Jr
June 7, 2011 by staff
Dante Bichette Jr, With selection 51 in the 2011 draft, the Yankees surprised many by selecting outfielder Dante Bichette Jr. Orangewood Christian High School in Orlando. Bichette Jr. has great bloodlines of the big leagues, like the son of Dante Bichette, who played 14 seasons in the major leagues and posted a career .299/. 336/. 499 line, including a ridiculous .340.364/. 620 season in 1995. Bichette Jr., well built 6’1? 215, put up great numbers this season (although the high school competition), batting .640 with 10 homers and 15 steals, but you can expect a high draft choice to dominate high school competition. He also starred in the World Series in 2005 and was once a nationally ranked tennis player. Bichette has committed to play baseball at the University of Georgia, though I imagine that can be signed.
Although Bichette played infield in high school, moving to a corner outfield expected due to his lack of exceptional range. He must be athletic enough to handle a Postition gardens, with a solid arm release. Like his father, Bichette strongest tool is his bat, with a solid hit tool and a lot of raw power. It is also considered an exceptionally hard worker, spending many hours in the cage working on perfecting his swing. This dedication is a sign of heavy makeup, which often goes hand in hand with having a family member who played the game for many years. Sometimes he gets too happy to agree to scan reports, so it will fit nicely in the Yankees organization (zing!). Sometimes your swing is inconsistent, which is something we have to work on as a professional. Bichette roof is a powerful bat to be an average defender in left field, with athleticism to steal a few bases here and there. However, its future value will be very tied to his bat due to its possible location on the corner of the gardens.
The selection was a surprise because nobody had any idea who was in the Yankees’ radar. Several first-round talents available in the form of Josh Bell, Daniel Norris, and Howard Dillon. Bichette Baseball America had ranked in the # 108 prospect in the class project, and did not crack 100 Best of Frankie pilieres. Judging from the ranking, Bichette seems a bit of an overdraft, but it is clear that the Yankees were not afraid of money conventional wisdom and takes the kind they liked (as they did last year Cito Culver). Many people are upset about this, but I’m definitely intrigued by the talent of Bichette. The Yankees bats would use more power in the system, and add great bloodlines in the league and work ethics as important is a nice bonus. I wonder if he had been available in round 2, but it is clear that the Yankees took the boy they liked, and I cannot argue with that. Bichette is probably not a sign exceptionally expensive that will leave plenty of cash Yankees to make some difficult signals in the middle rounds. We hope you will sign early and get the most out of a GCL in Culver season as he did last year.
This is what the Yankees’ vice president of exploration amateur Damon Oppenheimer had to say about Bichette (via press release): “Dante is one of the guys in this project we had a bat and the potential impact to hit with great power in the middle of the order. “” He is someone with an advanced constitution and work ethic that has the desire and drive to be a special baseball player. ”
The project continues from noon tomorrow with rounds of 20-30, and can be viewed online at mlb.com. We will have another live chat with a number of authors and commentators involved, so feel free to stop by and share your thoughts or just check out what we’re thinking. Thanks to all who participated in the live chat tonight, it was a good time. There are definitely some interesting talents available tomorrow, including the aforementioned Bell, Norris, and Howard, and Oregon C Andrew Susac, SA C Austin Hedges, and gardeners several of my Grand Council (Derek Fisher, Granden Goetzman, William Jerez Border). Matt Purk is lurking, and though it may fall now. Should be a fun day project to follow, and I’ll definitely keep my eyes to what extent the signs hard fall.
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