Based on its analysis of the Yankees draft class, Baseball America seems to be among those who are coming around on top pick Dante Bichette Jr.
Seen as a mild reach on draft day, Bichette turned in an MVP season in the Gulf Coast League, and he’s looking more and more like a strong choice for an organization that needs power bats. From Baseball America’s analysis:
(Bichette) got off to a slow start, but his natural timing and bat-to-ball skills took over… The Yankees believe Bichette not only will stay in the infield but will be an asset defensively at third with solid hands, a plus arm and the agility to defend bunts.
Baseball America picked college relievers Mark Montgomery (51 strikeouts in 28.1 innings) and Branden Pinder (0.68 WHIP) as players who could move quickly, but the review also noted that Bichette could move faster than most high school hitters.
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