June 7, 2011

More info on Dante Bichette Jr.

The Yankees’ press release came in for Dante Bichette Jr. There are some good tidbits on Bichette in here, such as New York’s scouting projection, Little League World Series history and high school info.

“Dante is one of the guys in this draft we thought had an impact bat and the potential to hit for big power in the middle of the order,” said Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees Vice President of Amateur Scouting. “He’s someone with an advanced makeup and work ethic who possesses the desire and drive to be a special major leaguer.”

The right-handed batter was ranked by Baseball America as the 15th-best overall player out of the state of Florida in this year’s draft. In 2005, Bichette participated in the Little League World Series with his Maitland, Fla. team.

The selection of Bichette marks the fourth straight year the Yankees have taken a high school player with their first selection in the First-Year Player Draft.

Also, via RAB:

Baseball America ranked him as the 108th best prospect in the draft, though he did not make Keith Law‘s latest top 100 draft prospects list.

And via The Yankee Analysts:

Dante’s apparently also on Twitter, so follow away you creepers.

Bichette’s initial reaction to being drafted by the Yankees?

yankees.... couldnt ask for anything better! can i get a go yanks????


Wow! The greatest situation possible. The New York Yankees... Incredible. But this is just a start. Now it's time to focus get to work.

OK, that’s enough for now.

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