Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Player Profile: Dante Bichette Jr.

I have one card of Dante Bichette Jr., from 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects.

Playing career: Dante Bichette Jr. was the Yankees’ first round draft pick in 2011, and has gotten off to a rough start to his minor league career. In 290 games from 2011 to 2013, he has hit .251 with 18 HR and 155 RBI, striking out 261 times.

Where he is now:So far this season he has cut down on strikeouts, but at the expense of power. In twelve games at Class-A Tampa, he is hitting .333 (12-36) with 0 HR and 3 RBI. He has walked thirteen times and only struck out eight times. Last night he was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in an 8-7 loss to Clearwater.

My memories: I remember him as a very highly touted high school prospect. I was pleasantly surprised when the Yankees drafted him. Hopefully his struggles at ages 19 and 20 don’t mean that he peaked in high school.

Interesting facts: Son of former Rockies star Dante Bichette.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Dante B, between Dante Basco, an actor, and Dante Bichette, the former Rockies star. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dante Bichette Jrs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Eric Bickhardt.

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