Bo Bichette
20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays AA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
For Bichette, it all starts with strike zone awareness, elite bat speed and a remarkable all-fields approach. He looks to do damage early in the count and then plays for contact if he gets behind. That bat speed, which might be the best in the minors, leads to plus power that he doesn’t have to sell out for. His 22 steals last year were largely the result of an athletic 19-year-old getting on base at a .423 clip. He will be an average runner, chipping in 8-to-12 steals annually early in his big-league career. Bichette hit more balls the other way than to the pull side last year, which is incredibly rare for a teenager with innate bat speed, and suggests he could compete for batting titles in his prime years. He falls in the bucket of young shortstops whose defensive ability gets questioned, but there were promising reports this year about his ability to stick there, at least early in his career. Bichette is on pace to reach the majors in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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Will not be called up
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
September 3, 2018
Bichette will not be promoted to the majors this season, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
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The Blue Jays will hold off on promoting Bichette and fellow super-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in order to gain extra team control. The 20-year-old compiled an impressive .286/.344/.450 line to go with 11 homers and 32 steals across 130 games with Double-A New Hampshire this season. He's on pace to reach the majors sometime in 2019, though he'll likely report to Triple-A to open the campaign.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Bichette's swing gets compared to Josh Donaldson's, so naturally the Blue Jays were interested and signed him to an over-slot deal when he fell to them at pick 66 in the 2016 draft. The younger son of Dante Bichette, Bo is a sturdy 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, and his aggressive, power-oriented approach led to a 238 wRC+ and 1.182 OPS in 22 games in the Gulf Coast League. He would have led the league in every hitting category as an 18-year-old if he had enough plate appearances to qualify, but an appendix issue sidelined him for over a month. Obviously his .484 BABIP was a major contributor to his absurd numbers, but evaluators believe in the bat, projecting him as an average or better hitter with plus pop. He will be kept at shortstop for now, but it seems inevitable that he moves to second or third down the road. Bichette will start 2017 at Low-A, and he will shoot up prospect lists if he legitimizes his 2016 numbers without whiffing too much.
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Extends hit streak to 11
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
August 8, 2018
Bichette extended his hit streak to 11 games Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a run for Double-A New Hampshire.
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Logs 27th stolen base
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
July 19, 2018
Bichette went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a stolen base Wednesday in Double-A New Hampshire's 3-2 win over Trenton.
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Claims Eastern League hits lead
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
June 26, 2018
Bichette went 3-for-4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and a stolen base Monday for Double-A New Hampshire in its 8-6 loss to Portland.
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Reaches base four times Sunday
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
June 11, 2018
Bichette went 3-for-4 with a trio of base hits, a walk, two RBI and three stolen bases for Double-A New Hampshire in its 7-5 win over Bowie on Sunday.
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Breaks skid at plate
SSToronto Blue Jays  AA
May 15, 2018
Bichette went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs for Double-A New Hampshire in its 10-5 win over Hartford on Monday.
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