The Toronto Blue Jays would be wise not to mimic the service time debacle they endured with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. when deciding on the MLB fate of Bo Bichette.
Bo Bichette is nearing a return from a broken hand after being cleared to begin light hitting activities. The top prospect was struck on the hand with a pitch on April 23rd while with the Triple-A Bisons.
Bichette is the last of the three uber prospects to be promoted to the big club following Cavan Biggio‘s debut this past weekend. Bichette will require some games in Buffalo to get back into the swing of things but he should be north of the border at some point this season.
Unless the Blue Jays front office delay his promotion much as they did with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to secure an additional year of control. In this instance, it would be wise to promote Bichette when he is ready and not play the service time game yet again.
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The lineup is currently chalked with rookies in Vladdy, Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. as the rebuild comes to fruition. Bichette would benefit by getting his feet wet this season ensuring all the kids can go into 2020 with an understanding and MLB experience under their belts.
With Gurriel shifting to the outfield it appears the MLB infield of the future will feature Bichette, Biggio, Vladdy and Rowdy Tellez.
The 21-year old had appeared in 14 games with the herd prior to his injury hitting .250/.310/.404 with a homer and three stolen bases in 59 plate appearances with Buffalo. Bichette sports a career .325/.382/.516 stat line across five minor league levels.
Hopefully, Bichette can get back into game action sooner than later and make short work of Triple-A pitching forcing the Blue Jays hand to promote him. Let’s just hope the front office doesn’t delay the inevitable yet again.