Yes, raking. Alex Bregman, if I owe you a royalty let me know (though that plug should cover it).
Dante Bichette and his ridiculous muscles went to four All-Star games as a member of Colorado Rockies, nearly winning the National League MVP award in 1995 thanks to 40 home runs and a .340 average. (His OBP was .364; man baseball has changed.)
Aside from producing great numbers, he produced two great ball players of sons. Inheriting the name Dante, Dante Jr. was selected 51st overall by the New York Yankees in 2011. He’ll be 25 in September and is playing season number four for Double-A Trenton.
Upon entering the league, the younger Bichette was customarily assigned to the Rookie League where he immediately opened eyes. Already a well-known name due to his father’s esteemed career, Bichette the younger quickly set out on his own path.
He finished Rookie ball with a studly .427/.451/.732 (1.182 OPS) slash line in 22 games. Splitting time between the corner infield positions (some scouts think he ultimately ends up at third base), he displayed a slick glove and Toronto was definitely enthused.
Beginning 2017 at Low-A Lansing, he kept it rolling. And rolling and rolling. The numbers came down from the exosphere to the stratosphere: .384/.448/.623 (1.071 OPS).
62 games. His batting average lasted above the .400 mark for 62 games. 10 homers, three triples and 12 stolen bases accompanied a K:BB ratio favoring 2:1 (55:28) and had amasses a stunning 109 hits in 317 plate appearances.
Still just 19, the Jays promoted him to High-A Dunedin after taking home Player of the Month honors in the least suspenseful election process of the year.
Bichette and Atlanta’s elite prospect Ronald Acuna (who is now in Triple-A) are the only 19-year olds to play in the Florida State League this year.
The fielding numbers —especially at shortstop— have taken a hit in lieu of the extreme hitting stats, but that just leaves something for him to improve in while he hits .380 at every level. Ok, maybe not.
Bichette was unsurprisingly invited to participate in the 2017 Futures Game for the United States team and is one of two high-profile next generation names posing as potential cornerstone pieces for the Toronto Blue Jays.