Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio are now in full swing with the Toronto Blue Jays at the big-league level. The latest to get the call-up to the show was Bichette, who was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo on July 29. Since getting called up, Bichette has been on absolute fire at the plate.
To start things off, Bichette is the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit a double in nine straight games. He also became the first rookie since Ted Williams in 1939 to record an extra-base hit in nine straight games. Since making his debut on July 29, where he singled on the second pitch he saw from Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller, the 21-year-old shortstop has at least one hit in 11 of the 13 games he has played in. Friday and Saturday’s victories over the New York Yankees were Bichette’s first two games where he didn’t record a base hit. He also has eight multi-hit games. This kid is the real deal.
Through 13 contests, the Blue Jays top prospect is hitting .357 with four home runs and seven RBIs. Of his 20 hits, 13 have been for extra bases, smacking nine doubles and going yard four times.
Bichette is making it look too easy at the big-league level. What exactly makes him so special?
Superior Bat Speed
Bichette has an extremely smooth stroke, using his quick hands to explode towards the baseball. He features a small leg kick, but his hands stay relatively stationary. He’s not the biggest guy, but he has a lot of pop in his bat. Bichette has been using the entire field during his short time in the big leagues too. Below is a spray chart of all his hits thus far:
As you can see, two of his four home runs have been to the opposite field, while a few of his doubles have landed there as well. Even when he’s grounding out, he’s hitting balls all over the diamond. Through his short tenure in the big leagues, Bichette has a 51.2 hard-hit percentage, meaning he’s squaring up the ball on the barrel at 95 mph, or higher, more than half of the time. The MLB average is just 34.4 percent. The former first-rounder has been jumping on the first pitch of his at-bats relatively often as well, 43.5 percent of the time to be exact, which is 16 percent higher than the rest of the sport.
He has been very aggressive at the plate, swinging at over 51.6 percent of the pitches he has seen. Sometimes he also tends to chase pitches outside of the zone, but he will become more disciplined as he spends more time at the major-league level. But for now, the way he’s swinging the bat is working just fine, especially when he can take a mid-90s heater on the inside half and hit it 441 feet into the upper deck.
Here’s his first home run at the Rogers Centre:
BO BICHETTE TANK, 11 game hit streak to start your career ain’t too shabby pic.twitter.com/lwn35kPAC2
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) August 9, 2019
When it comes to his other tools, Bichette is a speedster and great on the basepaths. Defensively, he has a great glove and a cannon for an arm. He’s truly a five-tool player who’s going to be an All-Star in the very near future and may even win numerous batting titles. His ability to hit for average and power has been on full display through his first 13 games, and it’s just a glimpse into how special Bichette really is.
Along with Guerrero Jr. and Biggio, Bichette is a huge building block for the Blue Jays. They have three players who have baseball bloodlines that run deep. The future definitely looks bright in Toronto.
Bo Bichette is here to stay. At just 21, he has proven that he belongs in the major leagues.