With all the attention firmly planted on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. this spring, Bo Bichette has quietly let his bat do the talking stealing the spring show thus far.
Bo Bichette is the Toronto Blue Jays best organizational prospect among prospects not named Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The shortstop is turning heads in camp thus far and has already impressed rookie manager Charlie Montoyo.
Bichette smacked his second home run of the spring yesterday and is now hitting .368 with seven hits and a pair of round-trippers in 19 at-bats this spring. The 21-year old has outshined Guerrero Jr. in Grapefruit League action play and is validating that he is not far off from the majors.
Bichette will in all likelihood begin the season in Triple-A with the Bisons regardless of what spring stat line he produces. He will have a familiar face and teammate joining him in Buffalo for at least the first few weeks.
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The service time issues surrounding Guerrero were a bone of contention early on in camp, however, Vladdy’s poor play is playing right into the brain trusts hands. General Manager Ross Atkins went on record to say that Guerrero was not ready for the majors.
His .211 batting average and sloppy play at third base thus far are not boding well for the teenager’s case. Guerrero will undoubtedly climb out of it and showcase his superior talents before it is all said and done.
Bichette got a taste of reality last season struggling at times hitting a pedestrian .286/.343/.453 with 11 homers and a career-high 32 stolen bases in 131 games with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The shortstop owns a career .328 average in 263 professional games through the various minor league ranks.
The Blue Jays future is bright with their current crop of prospects knocking on the door and Bichette and Guerrero are definitely leading the charge.