Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette named Midwest League MVP, Prospect of the Year

Shi Davidi joins Prime Time Sports to talk about Blue Jays prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette and the likelihood they follow each other up the Blue Jays system.

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette’s stellar season has not gone unnoticed. The 19-year-old shortstop has been given national attention all-year long, sky-rocketing up prospect rankings and cracking the Future’s Game during all-star weekend.

Now, the teenaged shortstop has been named the Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year for the 2017 season.

Bichette started the year with the Lansing Lugnuts, the Blue Jays’ class-A affiliate, and was dominant in 70 games with the club. He slashed .384/.448/.623, slugging 10 home runs, 32 doubles and swiping 12 bags.

His exceptional performance meant he would leave the Midwest League early, earning a promotion to the advanced-A level to play for the Dunedin Blue Jays in the Florida State League.

In 30 games with the young Blue Jays, Bichette held a .399 on-base percentage, while his OPS has fallen to .847 with just two home runs and seven doubles.

Bichette currently holds the No. 44 spot in Baseball America’s midseason prospect rankings (previously ranked No. 93) and No. 30 according to MLB Pipeline (Previously No. 101).

Fellow top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. joined Bichette on the Midwest League post-season all-star roster. The 18-year-old owned a .409 OBP and hit 21 doubles and seven homers with the Lugnuts. He also had 40 walks and just 34 strikeouts in his 71 games before his promotion to Dunedin.

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