Phillies: 5 Blue Jays they’ll hate facing in interleague play
By Bryce Turner
Another top Blue Jays prospect who’s now in the majors is shortstop Bo Bichette, MLB Pipeline’s 11th overall prospect in 2018.
Bichette started last year at AAA Buffalo, hitting eight HR, 32 RBI and .275/.333/.473 in 56 games before making his major league debut on July 29.
He didn’t take long to show his offensive potential, recording his first home run in his third game and batting .333 through his first 20 games.
Bichette’s 21st game was his first against the National League. Facing the Los Angeles Dodgers, he homered twice off ace Clayton Kershaw. Another impressive moment came in September, when he scored a walk-off home run against the New York Yankees and pitcher Tyler Lyons in the 12th inning (granted, bullpen depth was an area of concern for the Yankees).
Bichette ended the season with 11 HR, 21 RBI and a .311/.358/.571 slash line in 46 games. While he has yet to face the Phillies, the home runs against Kershaw were his only home runs and RBIs against the National League, batting .241 in seven games between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.
As with Guerrero Jr., Bichette is a face of the future for the Blue Jays, a player with serious hitting potential who will be a new batter for the Phillies pitchers to face, making him a dangerous player to be up against this year.