Will Bo Bichette see the majors in 2019?
While it is a near certainty that Guerrero will be up within the first month of the season, the same can’t be said for his minor league teammate and good friend Bo Bichette.
Last year Bichette spent the entire season at Double-A New Hampshire, posting a triple slash line of .286/.343/.453 with 11 home runs and 32 stolen bases in 595 plate appearances. The Jays already have numerous options up the middle with Freddy Galvis expected to draw the majority of the starts at short, and three players competing for time at second base in Brandon Drury, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Devon Travis. For the long-term, Bichette is far more intriguing than any of those guys, but I imagine the front office will want him to spend some time in Triple-A before bringing him up to the big club.
Based on the moves, or lack of moves made this offseason, it’s very clear that the organization is in no rush to contend this year. As a result of this, Bichette will likely spend the majority of the 2019 season with the Bisons, giving fans another reason to travel to the newly renamed Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Leaving the team’s current number two prospect in the minors gives the front office more time to decide if he has the defensive ability to play shortstop at the next level, or if he is destined for second base.
On the off chance that the Jays are in a wild card race towards the end of the season, they may opt to call up Bichette in order to aid a potential playoff push. The more likely scenario however is that the team falls out of it and chooses to hold him down until two weeks into the 2020 season, as they have with Guerrero.