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Yankees draft Dante Bichette’s son, Dante Bichette Jr.

Jun 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Dante Bichette Jr.

They didn’t have a first-round pick last night, but the Yankees did have a supplemental first rounder at No. 51 thanks to losing Javier Vazquez as a free agent (seriously) and they used it on high school slugger Dante Bichette Jr.

In addition to being the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette he’s also a legitimate prospect, with Baseball America ranking Bichette as the 108th-best player in the draft.

And as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News points out, it also didn’t hurt that Bichette Sr. is such good friends with Yankees manager Joe Girardi that Girardi named his son Dante. They played together on the Rockies from 1993 to 1995.

If junior can match senior’s career the Yankees will be thrilled with the pick, but he’ll probably never be able to match the old man’s physique.

New York gave up its first-round pick, No. 31 overall, to sign Rafael Soriano as a free agent.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    If his old man has any juice left over, the Yankees have a bargain.

    • thefalcon123 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      His old man was the proud owner of some of the most absurd batting splits of all time:
      1995:
      Home: 31 HR, .377/.397/.755
      Away: 9 HR, .300/.329/.473

      1996:
      Home: 22 HR, .366/.413/.646
      Away: 9 HR, .253/.296/.401

      1997:
      Home: 20 HR, .362/.393/.635
      Away: 6 HR, .246/.284/.365

      1998:
      Home: 17 HR, .381/.413/.619
      Away: 5 HR, .279/.297/.396

      • takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:47 PM

        All pre-humidor Coors Canaveral stats….probably not the only one with such wicked splits from those Rockies teams…

      • thefalcon123 - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        1996 Rockies home/away slash lines AS A TEAM:

        Home: .343/.408/.579
        Away: .228/.295/.357

        Now *that* is a wicked home/away split.

  2. Lukehart80 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    He might turn into a star, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about my favorite team drafting the manager’s pal’s kid two rounds earlier than most people had him going.

    • Charles Gates - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Thought about that too, but if the relationship proximity meant that the Yankee brass was more sure about his makeup/intangibles/injury history/drive etc, then it becomes less risky and therefore less of a reach.

      • spudchukar - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        The Yanks don’t draft again until #88, and they may well have feared he would be gone by then.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

        Then you let him go. You don’t draft a less talented player (and there were dozens of clearly more talented players available) because you might not be able to draft him later. That’s just silly…especially considering the fact that Bichette was probably only rated as high as he was because of his name, which would earn him more chances to show scouts something to like.

    • spudchukar - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      In what world, but by the Grace of God does someone take Vasquez off your hands and you get first-round compensation. Shouldn’t there be a Vasquez clause or something?

  3. APBA Guy - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Another Orlando kid is drafted. Long time fans of Shysterball recall that Dante Jr led the Maitland, FL team that made it to the LL WS several years ago, a team that included my nephew and was coached by Bichette Sr and Mike Stanley. He’s destroyed HS pitching since, so his ranking was well earned. Good luck, Junior.

  4. genericcommenter - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    I want to see the birth certificate. I am convinced that is actually Dante Sr after stem cell therapy.

  5. rexryanisablowhard - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Bichette happens

  6. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    http://www.hark.com/clips/zchwkbxxhd-harry-caray-announces-dante-bichette

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