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Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr. is the Gulf Coast League MVP

Sep 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

Dante Bichette Jr.

Many thought Dante Bichette Jr. was an overdraft when the Yankees made him the 51st overall selection this year, but he was a big early success for the Bombers and he was rewarded Tuesday by being named the Gulf Coast League MVP.

Bichette, an 18-year-old third baseman, hit .342/.446/.505 with three homers and 47 RBI in 196 at-bats for the GCL Yankees.  He moved up to short-season Single-A Staten Island at the end of the year and went 1-for-8.

As far as Bichette’s status as a prospect, the excellent showing against fellow 18-year-olds definitely helps, though given his background, he always figured to be one of the most advanced players of the league.  Time will tell whether he can last at third base or if he’ll require a move to the outfield.  Home run power also figures to be a major issue, though that he hit just three homers this year doesn’t mean much.

Bichette’s performance makes him a virtual lock to open next year in the South Atlantic League with the Charleston RiverDogs.  He should be able to maintain solid averages throughout the chain.  One year each in the Sally League and the Florida State League would put him in Double-A as a 21-year-old in 2014, and by then it should be clear whether he has a future as a major leaguer.

  1. uyf1950 - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Good for Dante and potentially good news for the Yankees organization. Like the piece implies though this is very, very early in his career. It remains to be seen what any of this means in the long run. Let’s see how he progresses the next couple of years. If he can continue to improve and stay at the “hot corner” it will be very welcome news for the Yankees. In the meantime continued success to him.

  2. thefalcon123 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    In 248 PA’s Bichette Jr drew 31 walks.
    More than his dad drew in in 1990 (16 BB in 371 PAs)*
    1991 (22 BB in 475 PA)
    1992 (16 BB in 411 PA)
    1993 (28 BB in 581 PA)
    1994 (19 BB in 509 PA)
    1995 (22 BB in 612 PA)

    *In 1990, Dennis Eckersley walked just 4 batters in 73 innings. one to Julio Franco, an intentional walk to Harold Baines, one to Kent Hrbek…..and improbably enough, one to Dante Bichette. How on earth did that happen?!?!

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