With the excitement of the 2016 MLB Draft behind us, we can now look ahead to the future of the Toronto Blue Jays. In this segment, we will be covering the top-10 players that the Toronto Blue Jays selected in this years draft. Today’s spotlight shows off powerful middle infielder, Bo Bichette.
Second Round – 66th overall – 2B/SS Bo Bichette
With the 66th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, the Blue Jays selected the power hitting middle-infielder, Bo Bichette. The 18 year old righty hit .569 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs in 25 games for Lakewood High School. Baseball America had Bo listed as the 46th best prospect going into the draft, which means Toronto may have lucked out again, selecting yet another player below their projections. The middle-infielder will most likely spend his career at second base, considering his mediocre defensive abilities. He could also see some time at third, should the need arise.
Bichette posses what some call “the most raw power in the Major League Draft” (Reuter). Bichette has been compared to five-time all-star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner Troy Tulowitzki offensively, coming as high regards given Tulowitzki’s major league success. He has the ability to slug up to 20 homers a year while also keeping a respectable average. If one was to pick out a flaw in Bichette, it would his athleticism. Bichette has below average speed, but with a high “baseball IQ”, he should be able to stay out of trouble on the base paths. Baseball America predicts Bichette will reach the major league level in 2021, meaning the 18 year old will take quite a while to develop and advance through the minor-league system.
Toronto signed Bo Bichette to a minor league deal with a $1.1-million signing bonus. This is slightly over MLB’s recommend slot bonus for this pick, which means any money the Blue Jays saved when signing T.J. Zeuch was most likely used when signing Bichette. Bichette has a high ceiling with the potential of being the second baseman of the future for the Blue Jays. The Jays got a steal in the second round and could be looking at a future all-star for years to come.