Colorado Rockies rumors: Did they sign Dante Bichette Jr.?
By Kevin Henry
Do the Colorado Rockies officially have another Bichette now in the farm system? According to one published report, it seems that one of the most hallowed names in Rockies lore could potentially again see time at Coors Field in the future.
According to this article on Pinstriped Prospects, sources have told the publication that Dante Bichette Jr. has inked a minor league deal with the Rockies. That means that the former New York Yankees compensation draft pick in 2011 is now in purple pinstripes rather than Yankee pinstripes.
Bichette has spent the last two full seasons at Double-A Trenton after being promoted on a permanent basis to the Thunder in 2015. During his time in Double-A, the 25-year-old third baseman posted a .249/.330/.362 line with 16 home runs and 118 RBI. Last season in 72 games, he hit four home runs and drove in 33 while posting a .262 average.
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Bichette became a free agent in November, one of 16 Yankee minor leaguers to declare free agency. In 2014, he was named as a mid-season All-Star in the Florida State League, thanks in part to a .271 average that earned him his first trip to Double-A.
Throughout his minor league career, he has a .691 OPS and has struck out 566 times while drawing 287 walks.
His father, Dante Sr., was a four-time All-Star with the Rockies during his playing days with the Rockies from 1993-99. Together with Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Vinny Castilla and Larry Walker, Bichette was a key part of the Blake Street Bombers that caught the attention of Major League fans across the nation and first highlighted the offensive potential that could happen with baseball in Denver.
Next: Our exclusive chat with Dante Bichette about his time with the Blake Street Bombers
Dante Sr.’s other son, Bo, is one of the Top 10 prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays organization so it’s clear the Major League talent that Dante Sr. exhibited with the Rockies is in the bloodlines.