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Blue Jays select SS/IF Bo Bichette in the 2nd round (66th overall)

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Bo Bichette's older brother Dante Bichette, Jr.
Bo Bichette's older brother Dante Bichette, Jr.
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After a surprising pick with their first selection in the 2nd round, the Blue Jays went in more expected direction in selecting Bo Bichette 66th overall in the 2016 draft. The Blue Jays had been linked to Bichette, being one of the teams he worked out for, their pick in Keith Law's first mock draft, and he referenced their interest again in his most recent mock draft.

If the name sounds familiar, that's because the 6'0", 200 pound infielder is the son of 14-year MLB veteran Dante Bichette (who managed to accumulate just 5.5 bWAR despite a .299 career average over 6,856 PA due to the Coors factor and poor defensive metrics). His older brother, also Dante, was drafted 51st overall by the New York Yankees in 2011 and has a career .245/.324/.356 minor league line, reaching as high as the AA Eastern League.

Bichette is not expected to stick at shortstop, but should find a home on the infield either at 2B or 3B. He does have some of the better power in the high school class, with Perfect Game ranking him in their top 5 for the power tool.

MLB Pipeline had this to say about Bo Bichette:

Over the summer, Bichette showed the ability to square up quality pitching and his raw power was on display when he won the Under Armour All-American Game Home Run Derby in Chicago. This spring, he was still hitting the long ball, but also was getting tied up on mid-range fastballs inside. While he doesn't have the same exact leg kick setup as his father and brother, there are a lot of moving parts to his swing which concerns some scouts. He does have more bat speed than his brother did coming out of high school.

A below-average runner, he's probably best suited for second base defensively, or perhaps left field. Bichette has been a bit of a polarizing prospect this spring, with some unsure his unorthodox setup will work at the next level.

Baseball America had this profile from last year's Under Armour All-America Game, and MLB Daily Dish had this interview. There's another profile related to the UA Game here, with some more video.

In a perfect world, Bo Bichette probably ends up with a similar to his dad, as a bat-first infielder - just hopefully a somewhat more valuable version.