Welcome to Friday night. Or maybe it’s late enough to say, welcome to the weekend. Let’s wrap up this work week with a couple of links about the Yankees top pick last summer.
Dante Bichette Jr. didn’t get overwhelmingly positive reviews on draft day, but he was an overwhelming success in his first professional season. Assuming I’ve done this right — which I probably haven’t — the YES Network’s profile of Bichette should be up there at the top of the page. If it’s not there, follow this link to check it out.
If you’re more into text, head over to NoMaas for a question and answer session with Bichette, including this exchange about the Yankees approach in the lowest levels of the system:
SJK: After you were drafted, did the Yankees change anything about your swing? Did they make any adjustments?
DB: Not at all. The Yankees have this rule where they are not allowed to touch you for 100 or 90 days, something like that. My hitting coach Edwar Gonzalez, he wasn’t allowed to say anything, but I was trying to pick his brain within the first week. He didn’t change anything in my swing though. So no adjustments. The big thing is getting adjusted to the pitching. It’s a lot different in pro ball than in high school, competition and speed of the game.