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The Rise Of Bo Bichette

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been fortunate enough in recent years to obtain some extremely talented, and young ball players that hail from baseball-playing families. This is the same story for Bo Bichette who follows in his father Dante Bichetteā€™s footsteps. However, Bo Bichette has risen to become one of the best shortstops in Major League Baseball.

Bo Bichette was originally drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, He was a member of the Lakewood High School team in St. Petersburg, Florida at that time. 

At 21, Bo Bichette made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on July 29th, 2019, going 1 for 4 against the Kansas City Royals. The Florida native would play in 43 games during the 2019 season, he would finish the campaign with 61 hits in 196 at-bats, securing a .311 batting average and 11 home runs to end the season.

The 2020 season was an off-season for everyone thanks in part to the pandemic that hit the world. Although Bo Bichette would only play in 29 games in 2020 he still had 37 hits in 123 at-bats and finished the season with a .301 batting average, accompanied by 5 home runs. 

The 2021 season was the first full season for Bo Bichette and it would be one to remember for the young shortstop. His performance did not disappoint as he would rack up an American League-leading 191 hits, accumulated 102 RBIs, 29 home runs, and had a .298 batting average en route to his first All-Star nod and receiving MVP votes for the first time in his career.

Fast forward to the current season as Bo Bichette continues to improve despite a drop in his numbers compared to past seasons, he still remains in the conversation as one of the top shortstops in the game. Bo Bichette continues to impress including his latest doubleheader versus the Baltimore Orioles where he went 6 for 10 in both games combined, including 7 RBIs at the hands of a 3 home run ball game, securing the natural homerun Hat-Trick versus the Orioles.

The Blue Jays infielder has tallied five home runs and 14 RBIs in just one week to start the month of September. Bo Bichette has a .593 batting average and a 1.866 On base percentage to kick off the month. He has officially become the only shortstop in Blue Jays history to have back-to-back 20 homerun seasons.

Bo Bichette became the first shortstop in American League History to record 6 or more hits and 3 or more home runs in one day. This just adds to another impressive season for the now 24-year-old shortstop from St. Petersburg, Florida.

In just four seasons and on the verge of only two full seasons, Bo Bichette has 436 hits in 1500 at-bats, he has 224 RBIs, and 66 home runs accompanied by a .291 batting average and a .334 on-base percentage. Bo Bichette joins teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the only players to have a 3-home run game before turning 25 years of age. There’s no doubt that the young ball player is emerging as one of the top shortstops in MLB today.

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