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Yankees sign supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr.

Jun 18, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

Dante Bichette Jr.

The Yankees have signed supplemental first-round pick Dante Bichette Jr., according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. He receives a signing bonus of $750,000 and will join the GCL Yankees when their season begins Monday.

Bichette, 18, was selected 51st overall in this month’s First-Year Player Draft. The Yankees received the pick as compensation after Javier Vazquez signed with the Marlins during the offseason. It was their highest selection in the draft.

Highly regarded for his power potential from the right side of the plate, Baseball America ranked Bichette as the 108th best player in this year’s draft class. Though he was drafted as a third baseman, many expect he will eventually end up in the outfield.

You never know with a guy this young, but at least Bichette has the bloodlines in his favor. His father Dante had a .299 batting average, 1,906 hits and 274 home runs over 14 major league seasons between the Rockies, Angels, Red Sox, Brewers and Reds.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    It’s good news that the Yanbkees are doing everything possible to fill the pipeline with guys like this.
    Perhaps Derek Sanderson Jeter should remember that he was a rookie once as well, and maybe re-consider his stance that he will block younger players progress.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      Who is he blocking?

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

        Nunez’s replacement at the rate we’re going. Seriously, ARod to short, Jorge Vasquez to 3rd.

      • Ari Collins - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

        Nunez and Vazquez are not starters on a champion team. I wouldn’t worry about Jeter blocking them.

        Closest shortstop Jeter is to blocking is Jose Reyes this offseason.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        Way to skew younger at short Len, by a whole 11 months :-)
        non sequitor: beggin’ for rain in Atlanta, only 2 Fox games and I get Braves-Rangers.

      • yankeesfanlen - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Jimbo- I didn’t mean forever for ARod.
        Vazquez has never been on a championship team because he hasn’t had the chance, Ari. And sure, I would like Reyes, but he hasn’t either far as I can tell.
        I remember quite a few rookies or sophs on Yankee WS teams.

      • jimbo1949 - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        Here comes the tarp!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JBerardi - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Uhh, paying slot for a guy at 51 for a guy who wasn’t in BA’s top 100 isn’t “doing everything possible to fill the pipeline”. It’s going through the motions.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    consider yourself lucky jimbo.I live in the midwest(Indiana) and the game of the week is always the cubs! and worse today it is cubs yankees! there should be a rule that if you have your own network you do not get to be national game of the week. the yanks have their own and the cubs are wgn almost every game if not reds it sucks to have these losers on all the time. good thing I have other things to do today like play the new Duke Nukem game!

  3. shawon0meter - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    yeah the nation would stop what they’re doing to watch the Reds1!11 what are these networks thinking???

    • metalhead65 - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      I meant the cubs as losers not yankees although I despise them. you must be a yankee fan or a lovable loser fan right? your probably a yankee fan who knows nothing about them but likes them because they win all the time. that is worse than a cub fan because those poor soles are raised to root for them no matter how bad they are. the rest of the nation may not stop but reds fans sure would since they are not on tv every night.

      • jwbiii - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:51 PM

        I would suggest that a poster with the handle ‘shawon0meter’ is Cub fan and has been so for at least 15 years.

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