Bo Bichette, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin)
Bichette jumped from off of our Top 101 in the offseason to No. 29 in the midseason, so it’s not as if we don’t like him. And the concerns about him are legitimate. He isn’t a shortstop, there is a decent amount of swing-and-miss in the game, and he was only in Low-A. That said, this kid is something special. While Bichette isn’t going to stick at the six, I believe his final home will still be on the dirt. His footwork will look at little clunky at short at times, but he’ll show solid lateral movement and an average arm, which makes it a profile I can envision working well at second.
However, the real reason we’re here is the bat. Despite a big leg kick and bat wrap, Bichette possesses elite bat speed that allows him to get the head into the zone on time. You’d expect there to be a few whiffs (and there are), but he also features a natural feel for hitting, and has better bat-to-ball skills and plate coverage than one would expect. One of the more impressive at-bats I’ve seen this year was when Bichette stepped in against a side-arming righty and laced an inside fastball through the left side. His hands are just crazy fast. There is a healthy dose of power too, and though he’s not going to slug .700, the pop is plus and it plays to all fields.
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