Bo Bichette came into Blue Jays camp looking to impress, and impress he did. Bichette was Toronto’s best hitter this Spring, with 16 hits in just 39 AB’s, good for a .410 AVG.
All the talk heading into Spring Training was how soon would it be before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was playing in the majors. Bichette’s impressive play in the Grapefruit League has shifted some of the focus away from Guerrero. Leaving many wondering how long the Blue Jays can keep such a talented player like Bichette in the minors.
To watch him play this Spring, Bichette was a man on a mission. And that strong play is something he plans to build on down in Buffalo. He’s already proven he can handle big league pitchers, now all he has to do is stay hot at the plate and prove to the Blue Jays even the best minor league pitching is no match for his skills.
Considering how soon both Guerrero and Bichette could be in the majors, the Blue Jays need to begin preparing for their arrival. Preparations that likely began earlier this week (in a small way) when they traded Kendrys Morales to Oakland. Toronto will however need to make more room in their infield. With Bichette likely to see time at 2nd base and shortstop. While Guerrero plays the majority of the time at 3rd base, with some outings at DH sprinkled in.
If a player like Gleyber Torres can start as a 21-year old for a contender like the Yankees (like he did last year), then Bichette (a far superior hitter and equally good defender) should be starting for the Blue Jays. After a hot start last year with Triple-A Scranton, Torres was called up to the Yankees on April 22. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for the more talented Bichette to be called up.