Bo Bichette looks like Dante Bichette and Craig Biggio had a kid, but Biggio’s got his own future All-Star in Cavan Biggio so maybe they did a baby swap. Honestly, if I worked in a maternity ward, I’d be switching babies all the time. Not because I’m a bad person, but because I was a huge fan of the documentary, Three Identical Strangers. See, I’m not evil, I’m cultured. On a side, yet related note, I’m beginning to understand how my father felt when Ken Griffey Jr. started playing in the majors. When Ronald Acuña Jr. Jr. starts playing, call it a wrap and bury me in a field with Seabiscuit. Speaking of Seabiscuit (totally natural segue), let’s see Bichette! Anyway, what can we expect from Bo Bichette for 2019 fantasy baseball?
I’m so over the Blue Jays. The way they treated Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gives me so little hope for a quick appearance by Bo Bichette in the majors. I get it, they’re trying to keep guys as long as they can after they’re called up, but there really needs to be some benchmarks for when a guy has to be called up. Imagine someone not making an NBA or NFL team because they’re going to be too good. I don’t have the answer to this quagmire (good word points!), but it frustrates me. Either way, that’s my biggest drawback with Bichette. Are we going to see him before midseason? Could the Jays keep him down all year? Like a coffee cleanse, it beats the sh*t out of me. Speaking of the sh*t (great segues today!), here’s The ‘Chette:
Could’ve pulled a clip of him hitting a home run, but this seemed more indicative of him. He’s a gap and gallop player. Though, an admittedly tiny gallop. Craig Biggio more than Dante, right? Telling ya, something weird was going on here. Bichette also produces more doubles than homers (okay, everyone does), but maybe that doubles-power will become homer-power as he gets older (he’s only 20). In Double-A, he had 11 HRs, 32 SBs and a .286 average in 539 ABs (43 doubles). Solid plate discipline and good ‘game feel,’ which is scout-speak for his daddy was a major leaguer. He looks so much like a young Craig Biggio that I’m trying to wrack my brain to figure out if I worked as a candy stripper 20 years ago and switched babies. Are we sure Dante Bichette’s wife wasn’t seen walking out of Biggio’s hotel room at any point during a road trip? I see Bichette listed as six-feet tall, but I think they’re using Marcus Stroman’s tape measure. For fantasy, Bichette could start the year with the Jays and produce a 7-10 homer, 30-steal season, but back to what the Jays will do. I have no faith in them, and think Bichette’s ticketed for Triple-A for at least two months, likely longer. For 2019, I’ll give him 34/3/19/.274/14 in 272 ABs, but I worry I’m being too optimistic with his at-bats this year and I think I might be writing a Bichette rookie outlook post again next year.