Dante Bichette Jr.: Yankees Hope Bichette Is as Good as His Legend Father
New York Yankees Think Dante Bichette Jr. Is as Good as His Legend Father
The New York Yankees didn’t pick until the second round, but with the 51st overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the team took third baseman Dante Bichette Jr.
Bichette Jr. has drawn comparisons to his pro-ball playing father of the same name, and the Yankees hope the pedigree that gave his father a solid career can put Junior on the same level.
The Orangewood Christian High School star hitter was a two-time All-Central Florida Player of the Year, but his high school team ended up losing in the State Finals his senior year.
Yankees' vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer told MLB.com:
Dante is one of the guys in this draft we thought had an impact bat and the potential to hit for big power in the middle of the order. He's someone with an advanced makeup and work ethic who possesses the desire and drive to be a special Major Leaguer.
Looking at Bichette Jr’s numbers from his senior year of high school is like looking at a video game box score. He went 55-86 at the plate (.640 batting average) and added 58 runs, 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 30 games.
As good as Junior was in high school, Senior had a long, 14 year MLB career, and his numbers will be very hard to meet for his son.
I think that the younger Dante Bichette will be a solid hitter at the next level because the New York Yankees have a great history of developing young hitters, and Bichette just has too much talent and potential to fail.
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