You have to give Toronto Blue Jays rookie infielder Bo Bichette the credit that he deserves. The 21-year-old may be young, but he’s a man of his word.
It was precisely three weeks ago — while still playing triple-A ball in Buffalo back on July 16 — that he made it clear he was ready to play at the pinnacle of his sport.
“I’ve done everything they asked me to do,” he said to Sportsnet's David Singh. “I’ve performed, I’ve put up numbers... So, if I’m not ready in their mind, there’s something new that they need to tell me I need to get better at.”
Twenty-one days later, he’s made MLB history with his 10th extra-base hit in the first nine games of his career. It’s a feat that’s never been done before.
Up to bat with two outs in the top of the 7th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, he ripped a Ryan Yarbrough offering up the third-base line for a comfortable double.
It wasn’t his only historic hit of the game. Back in the third inning, his single to left field on a 2-2 count extended his Blue Jays franchise-best hit streak to begin an MLB career to nine consecutive games.
Coming into Tuesday, he was tied with Jesse Barfield and Ryan Goins at eight straight games.
Additionally, no Blue Jay has ever had more hits (17) in their first nine games than Bichette, according to Rodney Hiemstra.
These are just the latest achievements in Bichette’s torrid start to his time in Toronto. Through his first nine games since joining the Blue Jays just after the trade deadline, he’s racked up three home runs, 17 hits and seven straight contests with a double. He’s also put together a sparkling .415 batting average and .455 on-base percentage.
And although Toronto ended up losing Tuesday’s matchup 7-6 in extra innings after jumping ahead to a 6-0 advantage, the club is still 6-3 since he’s been called up.
While Bichette has been fantastic with a bat in his hand, he isn’t completely satisfied with how things have been going.
“Geez, I would trade all my hits to never make an error,” he told reporters following Monday night’s 2-0 victory over the Rays. “Errors impact everybody.”
Following five fine defensive outings as the team’s starting shortstop, Bichette had been charged with four errors in two games before sliding into the lineup as the designated hitter on Tuesday.
However, his attitude and desire to grow (along with the skills he’s already put on full display) should have Jays fans excited about his potential at this level.
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