Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette mirroring Mike Trout’s MILB career

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Bo Bichette
MIAMI, FL - JULY 09: Bo Bichette /

The 2017 minor league season is nearly completed and Toronto Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette continues to put up video game numbers similar to the start of Mike Trout’s minor league career with the Angels.

Now before I get lynched from the armchair quarterbacks, I am not suggesting Bo Bichette is the next Mike Trout, however, their career’s have had a similar minor league start.

Trout was drafted 25th overall by the Angels after numerous teams including the Blue Jays passed on him. The Jays selected Chad Jenkins with the 20th overall pick that year. Trout signed and began his minor league career as a 17-year old while Bichette was selected in the 2nd round and began his career as an 18-year old.

Trout was assigned to the Anges rookie league affiliate where he slashed an impressive .360/.418/.506 with 1 home run and 13 stolen bases in 39 games. The outfielder would also get into 5 Single-A games with Cedar Rapids where he batted. 267.

Bichette was assigned to the Blue Jays rookie affiliate where he slashed .427/.451/.732 with 4 home runs and 3 stolen bases in 22 games.

Trout would then spend his second professional season between Single-A and High-A ball hitting .341/.428/.490 with 10 home runs and 56 stolen bases in 131 games.

This year was Bichette’s second minor league season as the shortstop also split time between Single-A Lansing and High-A with Dunedin. Bichette is currently hitting .370/.430/.566 with 12 home runs and 21 stolen bases in 102 games thus far.

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Trout would eventually make his MLB debut as a 19-year old in 2011 hitting .341 throughout his minor league career. We all know how things have turned out since his debut as Trout is arguably the games best player.

Bichette will presumably begin next season in Double-A with a stop in Buffalo a possibility if the 19-year old continues to put up the numbers we have all grown accustomed to him doing.

Unfortunately, we can’t look into our crystal ball and forecast how Bichette’s MLB career with continue to unfold but thus far he is side by side with one of the greatest players of all-time.

Not a bad accomplishment regardless of what the future holds.

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