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Bichette showing impressive approach at the plate

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TSN Baseball Insider


What a start to a career. Bo Bichette is crushing it: 13 extra-base hits in his first 11 games, including doubles in nine straight. I described him as a doubles machine when he first came up and he hasn’t disappointed.

What has been most impressive about him so far is that he has countered what pitchers have tried to do to him.

When young hitters come up to the majors, opposing pitchers first try to see if they can hit the fastball away. Bichette has shown the ability to drive that pitch into the right-centre field gap. After a hitter proves he can handle that, pitchers go to the breaking ball. Bichette has hit three homers so far, all of them on curveballs.

Bo Bichette sets another record as he slugs a double to right-centre field to become the first player in MLB history with a double in nine straight games.

Once a young hitter proves he can hit the pitch with a wrinkle in it, they decide to pound him inside with fastballs. In the game on Wednesday, Bichette took such a pitch and drove it down into the left-field corner for another double.

The young man has had answers for everything they have thrown at him so far. He won’t be a .408 career hitter, but Bichette’s approach at the plate gives the Jays every reason to be excited and hopeful that he can be a middle-of-the-lineup bat. I project him as a .310 hitter with 25 homers and 45 doubles.

The red-hot Bo Bichette continued the record-breaking start his career as he slugged his fourth home run of the season, the first at home in front of the Toronto faithful. The homer was also his ninth straight game with a extra-base hit.

I fully expect opposing pitchers to really start busting him inside with fastballs. They will try to stand him up or get him to fall over the plate avoiding the pitch, making him overly conscious of that inside corner. When hitters think about the inside part of the plate they tend to cheat and start their swing a bit early, making them vulnerable to breaking balls away.

The thing I love the most about Bichette’s fast start is that he doesn’t seemed surprised by it. He expects to be doing this. He has a humble confidence, which the best kind of stars have. He is a very good player and is engaging with the fans and media. He’s a good interview and has the potential to be a spokesman for the team. That ability and willingness will take pressure off of guys like Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cavan Biggio, who all seem to prefer avoiding the media spotlight.

It’s not a surprise to me that........