There’s a fun legacy story here, as Bichette — the son of former big leaguer Dante Bichette — joins Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio to make three sons of former big-leaguers on the Jays’ roster. Two Hall of Famers and a four-time All-Star. Those are some quality baseball genes.
“Growing up with the game and having that major-league taste around players, you become driven and usually have more confidence than others who have not been around that atmosphere,” said a former player turned scout.
Bichette, 21, was the Blue Jays’ top remaining prospect once Vladdito got the call. Baseball America had Bichette as the eighth-best prospect in baseball heading into the season.
In 55 games for Triple-A Buffalo, Bichette hit 277/.336/.477 with 16 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 32 RBI, 34 runs and 15 steals. He’s played mostly shortstop through his professional career but has seen time at second base, too. He missed roughly six weeks after suffering a broken hand when he was hit by a pitch, but he’s been back for several weeks.
“With his injury, he may start a little slow,” said a scout. “His high leg kick will have to be altered versus major-league pitching, but he’s athletic enough to make adjustments.”
With Biggio at second, Bichette at short and Guerrero at third, Blue Jays fans have the rest of the season to get familiar with what should be three-quarters of their infield for a long time. Along with 25-year-old left fielder Lourdes Gurriel’s big-time breakout season, there are a lot of talented, young position players in Toronto.