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.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Wow! Mister Punctuality during the offseason and THE season!!!

    a. Could you post these fantasy outlooks like 30 minutes earlier? I have to go for my mani-pedi at 08h30 and then I could read you while I’m there! J/k, man!

    b. Young Bichette look very good, my kind of player. So if I got this str8 for 2019, redraft RCL, this list is:

    1. VGJ
    2. Eloi (every light bulb you break you pay for them, just putting that out there)
    3. Robles
    4. The ‘Chette

    c. Some really gr8 segues today. How ’bout this segue. I was in a supermarket yesterday and I learned some new words in Italian.

    1. Fettucce
    2. Fettuccine
    3. Strangozzi
    4. Ciriole
    5. Tagliatelle

    Ok, tagliatelle I knew from before so only 4 words in Italian.

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for November 9

    To the editors of the Alta California, May 26th 1867

    They do not treat women with as much deference in New York as they of the provinces think they ought. This is painfully apparent in the streetcars. The overcrowding of the cars has impaled men to adopt the rule of hanging on to a seat when they get it. I have got so that I can sit still and let a homely old maid stand up and nurse her poodle ’til she is ready to drop. But the young and the blooming, Alas!, are too many for me. I have get up and vacate the premises when they come. Some day though maybe I shall acquire a New York fortitude and be as shameless as any.

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: I got it on lock! A. My manicurist, Titi, has her assistant answer my comments while I dictate them — need to step up your game! B. Nah, we’re not there yet, I have more rookies coming — tho the top 3 won’t change C. You knew fettuccine! D. Nice E. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Hope you are well, man! Referring specifically to the fire in Paradise. If you need to go anywhere, you all can come and live with us – free of charge of course.

        Thanks for not calling the grammar police. I count at least 5 major grammatical errors. My wife was rushing me out the door ’cause we had to go shopping, but that’s a lame excuse.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appreciate it! No worries, me grammar bad 2 at timez…

  2. Dr Easy says:
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    The Jays will have trouble finding room for Bichette in their crowded IF. If you only look at 2B/SS/3B, they already have Travis, Gurriel, Drury, (Tulo) (who shall forever be parenthesized from now on), Vladdy Jr soon, Aledmys Diaz. I doubt we’ll see him before September.

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @Dr Easy: And don’t forget Richard Urena (which seems redundant!). 28 year olds like Travis and Diaz really shouldn’t be an impediment to anyone, let alone top prospects.

      For me its Vladdy Jr and Gurriel nearly full-time with Diaz/Tulo/Drury part-time. Guess Solarte will be traded. Can’t see why Travis would make the team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Easy: Yeah, I prolly overestimated his PT, though I do think he’s ready for the majors (assuming healthy, he missed Fall league due to some soreness), and Drury’s kinda whatever

  3. jack florida says:
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    hope all is well this off season

    would you trade brendan rodgers and alex reyes for eddie rosario in a 16 team h2h

    thanks

    • jack florida says:
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      @jack florida: same person just offered me folty for the same two

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @jack florida: I’d prolly go Rosario over Folty, but might depend on other keepers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Grey: And on how many keepers, etc

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jack florida: Thanks, Jack! You too! How many keepers altogether do you keep?

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: 25, took over this team two weeks ago,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          25 keepers in a 16 teamer? Wow, that’s deep, Jack… Was not expecting that… I’d hold

          • jack florida says:
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            @Grey: thanks, i was leaning that way, always value [and usually follow] your advice

  4. Jim says:
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    Please stop with the double spacing after periods. It’s not really acceptable for who isn’t using a typewriter.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s like boxers vs. briefs…

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:
        Or like Bo vs. Dante Jr.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…Or Craig Jr.

    • Dave D says:
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      @Jim:

      Is acceptability subjective or objective?

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Dave D: Both

    • bigbear says:
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      @Jim: Where do you stand on the Oxford comma? Or Chomsky’s theory of language? Should grammar be prescriptive or descriptive? Inquiring minds…

  5. Matty says:
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    I’ll probably foolishly bank on the Jays doing the right thing and not bother keeping Aldemys in the interest of opening a spot for Bo.
    I’m really hoping the new CBA comes up with a good way to address this foolishness. I’ve heard talk of an age rather than service time cap. Given all the data backing up the strength of the Year 27 season, I think it could be fun to see everyone hit free agency at 25-26. Much more entertaining from an outsider’s perspective than last year’s anemic market for 29 and 30 year old talent. And with how little the older players are getting in free agency I’m sure that’s worked its way up to the top of the MLBPA’s priorities.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so with Diaz! Great point on the older players and the anemic market… I wonder if CBA will even broach the subject bc minor leaguers are so low on their totem pole for helping

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        Here’s hoping that getting the players paid before their age 27 season rather than letting teams string them out so they’re dried out husks of players before they hit the open market is enough to get them to pay attention to the thousands of minor leaguers striving to take their jobs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… I hope so!

  6. Dave D says:
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    I was really patiently awaiting your Larry Walker Jr. post until it dawned on me that he had no sons. Then I thought about Ken Griffey III and realized he plays football. So, I googled Mike Piazza Jr. and found he does have a son but he’s only five. I guess Mike waited until his forties, like me, to have kids. Quit imitating me, Mike.
    I’m not sure what MLB legacy to embrace now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m ready for some Mike Yastrzemski!

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, and you’d think there would be another Alou coming down the pipeline soon….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, good point, there should always be at least one Alou playing baseball at any time… A rule, even, if there’s no young Alou ready to play, then the last Alou needs to keep playing

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            Jesus Jr. would be pretty cool although I could settle for Moises Jr. or Felipe III. Believe it or not, there is actually a Tony Gwynn III but he’s still in diapers. I have heared nothing of a third incarnation of Prince Fielder, however. Perhaps he would be a sumo wrestler anyway.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You know what would be awesome? If Joe West had a kid and he played baseball, then Joe West could call balls and strikes for his kid…

              • Old School Brother says:
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                @Grey: You and Cougs’ eventual kid will one day be a frequent Razzball commenter, and it’ll be awesome

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I need a kid to do my daily roundups!

              • Dave D says:
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                @Grey:

                Yeah, kind of like Eric Gregg did for his adopted son, Livan Hernandez, in the 1997 NLCS?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! Totally!

  7. juan says:
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    Gray,
    Thoughts on this deal – trade Moncada Trea 4 Gallo and Nola or Cole or Sherzer.
    12 team, 10 player keeper league. H2H.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trea

  8. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Trade opinion please:
    10 team roto, keep for 2 years
    Andujar $1 or Buehler $3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I’m going Andujar, but can’t fault Walker

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’m the one with Andujar and just exploring because I have Chapman for 1 more year at $5 so could go with him at CO and pursue a stud at 3rd in the draft.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, yeah, it’s close

  9. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Is my mustache coming along beautifully you ask? Why yes. Yes it is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Need pics then, thank you

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: I believe Ralph can supply that for you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Message received!

  10. Terrence Mann says:
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    Got Three Identical Strangers from Redbox this week. Cray cray. Definitely worth the watch.

  11. Harley Earl says:
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    I think your last line was the most correct statement in the whole article. Bichette might not see 120 at-bats in 2019. I will be surprised if he gets called up before September, and considering that the Blue Jays let Vladdy Jr. sit in Triple-A this year, I sure wouldn’t be surprised to see them hold the service time clock back on Bichette and not call him up at all. You hit the nail on the head with your worry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be… Also, think Vlad could be up soon, the Jays could be surprising and Bichette might be up sooner… This is a long shot tho

  12. luvdarooks says:
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    A Mondesi tore it up in ROTO second half…. so….Him or vlad in a 5×5 OBP for kust next year?

  13. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Hey, trying to get up to speed on Fantrax and next season.

    Willians Astudillo is listed by ESPN as playing the following last year:
    P (1), LF (1), CF (1), PH (1), 2B (2), DH (3), 3B (6), C (16

    Normally, I would expect that he would have C eligibility starting next year since most of his games (16) were at that position. However, he does not have 20, which would assure eligibility. Say they start him playing at 3B next year. Will he start with C and gain 3B after 20 games, or will he be assigned 3B (since he doesn’t have 20 at a position from last year)?
    If they do give him 3B because that is where the team assigns him, will he have C as well?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If he played most of his games at catcher, I’d guess he’s a catcher, and only a catcher

      • Simply Fred

        Simply Fred says:
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        @Grey: Thank you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Guess that should read gain eligibility after playing 10 games (not 20)

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