Bo Bichette

Bo Bichette

25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Bichette has been a model of consistency since debuting for the Blue Jays in 2019, and his .306/.339/.475 slash line in 2023 closely resembles his career line. His counting stats (20 homers, 73 RBI and five steals) took a bit of a hit as he spent time on the injured list with knee and quadriceps issues during the second half, though he still played in 135 games overall. Bichette's barrel rate remained stable at 9.6 percent, though he boosted his line-drive rate seven points to 27.4 percent to help maintain a .355 BABIP, which should be sustainable since it's only slightly higher than his career average. He recorded 38 steals over the 2021-22 campaigns, so it's surprising he stayed in single digits in 2023 given the rule changes that boosted totals league-wide. The two leg injuries likely played a role in the production drop, but he still had just three steals in 90 games heading into the All-Star break. Regardless of the stolen base total, Bichette has established a strong fantasy floor with a high average and reliable run production heading into his age-26 campaign. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $33.6 million contract extension with the Blue Jays in February of 2023.
Cross trains during offseason
SSToronto Blue Jays
February 22, 2024
Bichette said Wednesday that he added pilates, swimming and Muay Thai to his offseason training regimen and has been pleased with his physical conditioning in the early stages of spring training, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Specifically, Bichette said his pilates and Muay Thai workouts were targeted toward his right leg, after he missed 25 games in 2023 with right patellar tendinitis and a right quadricep strain. Bichette is hoping that the more holistic approach to his offseason training will yield better results in 2024, after both he and the Blue Jays offense as a whole fell a bit short of their lofty expectations heading into the past season. Even in what was considered a down year for Bichette, particularly in the running game -- he stole just five bags in eight attempts after nabbing 38 combined steals over the prior two campaigns -- the 25-year-old still finished with a .306 batting average and a .814 OPS, the fourth straight season in which he's cleared .800. Bichette batted primarily out of the two hole in 2023, but it's unclear if he'll remain in that spot or if he'll hit third or fourth, which he did over the Blue Jays' final four games of last season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .886 388 62 17 52 4 .312 .366 .520
Since 2021vs Right .798 1600 219 56 216 39 .295 .332 .466
2023vs Left .893 106 13 4 14 0 .323 .368 .525
2023vs Right .797 495 56 16 59 5 .303 .333 .464
2022vs Left .789 118 21 5 16 2 .262 .322 .467
2022vs Right .805 579 70 19 77 11 .295 .335 .470
2021vs Left .950 164 28 8 22 2 .340 .396 .553
2021vs Right .790 526 93 21 80 23 .286 .327 .463
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .805 974 129 32 127 20 .295 .339 .466
Since 2021Away .824 1014 152 41 141 23 .301 .338 .485
2023Home .768 299 28 9 34 2 .287 .324 .443
2023Away .859 302 41 11 39 3 .325 .354 .505
2022Home .755 335 37 8 36 9 .282 .331 .424
2022Away .844 362 54 16 57 4 .297 .334 .510
2021Home .887 340 64 15 57 9 .315 .359 .529
2021Away .770 350 57 14 45 16 .282 .329 .442
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Stat Review
How does Bo Bichette compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.23
 
BB Rate
4.5%
 
K Rate
19.1%
 
BABIP
.355
 
ISO
.168
 
AVG
.306
 
OBP
.339
 
SLG
.475
 
OPS
.814
 
wOBA
.355
 
Exit Velocity
90.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.6%
 
Barrels/PA
7.3%
 
Expected BA
.312
 
Expected SLG
.502
 
Sprint Speed
23.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
46.1%
 
Line Drive %
27.4%
 
Fly Ball %
26.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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At the All-Star break, Bichette sat with a .257 average, a .720 OPS and seven steals in 13 attempts. Water eventually finds its level. Bichette cut his strikeouts back down -- 24.3 K percentage in the first half, 19.2 percent in the second half -- and took off to the tune of a .337/.378/.543 line after the intermission. He also improved his efficiency on the basepaths in the second half, going 6-for-8 in steal attempts. In retrospect, those who jumped Bichette into the first half of the first round last spring were a little overzealous, but don't let that disappointment keep you from investing in 2023. There are no questions about Bichette's ability with the bat. If anything, the fact that his sprint speed ranked only mid-pack might be of slight concern.
Bichette not only met his elevated expectations, he set the bar even higher. Missing only three games helped, as did batting in the heart of one of the game's most prolific lineups. Sure, Bichette's chase rate is high, and he doesn't walk much, but he hits the ball hard (85th percentile avgEV) to all fields (29.4 Pull%, 33.5 Oppo%). A 30-33% flyball rate caps power a bit, but it also fuels a high BABIP. Bichette has only been caught twice in 31 stolen base attempts since 2020, even more impressive considering 74th percentile sprint speed. Bichette is an adequate fielder but could be moved off shortstop for a better fielder. This is an elite five-tool player, embarking on his age-24 season. While 2021 may not go down as his career year, expecting a follow-up matching last season is aggressive. Still, even with a small drop, Bichette is a sure-fire first rounder with $35-plus earning potential.
Bichette owns a .307/.347/.549 career slash line over 340 PA at the big-league level, which is quite impressive given that he has not yet celebrated his 23rd birthday. That said, for all the accolades, does it not feel like we are left wanting more from him? The steals he flashed in the minors have not yet surfaced at the major-league level. He is aggressive on the basepaths, but has not been a particularly good thief of bases in the majors with just eight successful swipes in 13 attempts. He remains supremely confident in his hitting abilities, which makes him rather unaccepting of his walks and very reliant upon his batted-ball fortunes. Breaking balls have been his kryptonite in the majors, which is why he aggressively hunts fastballs early. There is still more room for growth here; if you want to go along for the ride in 2021, you will need to operate as if he's done it many times before.
After Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrived three months earlier, Bichette's late-July callup officially secured the left side of the Toronto infield for years to come. Bichette made the bigger splash of the two uber-prospects, wasting no time etching his name into history. On Aug. 8, Bichette set MLB records by doubling in his ninth straight game and notching 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of a career. Bichette cooled off thereafter, but he still slashed .279/.327/.483 (112 wRC+) the rest of the way while racking up runs atop the order. If there's a nit to pick, Bichette's poor success rate on the bases was disappointing given his minor-league numbers, but an 83rd-percentile Statcast sprint speed suggests there's upside to be had in that area. Bichette's spectacular 46-game sample and scope to improve as a 22-year-old makes him a worthy top-15 fantasy shortstop in a group that's as deep as ever in 2020.
Bichette still has one of the best hit tools in the minors, striking out just 17% of the time at Double-A while spraying lasers to all fields (37.1 Pull%, 40.5 Oppo%). He is one of those hitters who will never sell out for power, but will still hit 20-plus home runs in his peak seasons. Despite finishing second in the Eastern League with 32 steals (on 43 attempts), Bichette doesn’t have the raw speed typically associated with prodigious base stealers. He grades out as an average runner now, and while he is not unathletic, at 6-foot, 200 pounds, he figures to slow down in the coming years. He isn’t a phenom on the level of org. mate Vlad Jr., but notching a 120 wRC+ as a 20-year-old at Double-A is still pretty advanced stuff. He was initially assigned to the Arizona Fall League, but those plans were nixed due to minor elbow and knee soreness. Bichette will be ready for the start of spring training and could earn a promotion to the majors as early as this summer.
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.
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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Four more hits Friday
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 30, 2023
Bichette went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI in Friday's 11-4 win over the Rays.
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Another multi-hit day
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 28, 2023
Bichette went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one steal in Thursday's win over the Yankees.
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Ends power drought
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 20, 2023
Bichette went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an additional run scored in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.
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Gets Saturday off
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 9, 2023
Bichette won't start Saturday's game against the Royals.
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Productive in return
SSToronto Blue Jays
September 9, 2023
Bichette went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Friday's 5-4 win over the Royals.
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