(Photo used courtesy of Scott Tidlund.)
On the heels of their interview with Tyler Austin earlier in the week that I linked to yesterday, NoMaas struck back with another interview yesterday, this time with 3B and 2011 1st round pick Dante Bichette Jr. I would have to say my favorite part was this comment by Bichette:
"I want to be more consistent with my approach and learn how to make adjustments quicker. Instead of making an adjustment after a game and realize I was messing something up, it would be a lot better if I could make the adjustment during a game or an at-bat."
That's a very mature and reasonable goal to have for the season for someone still just 19 years old. I like the fact that Bichette is already starting to focus on the mental nuances of the game and not just the physical/mechanical tools. Like Mason Williams, Bichette comes off as a very mature, disciplined young man with a good head on his shoulders who understands that he still has a lot of work to do to become great. There's no doubt that growing up the son of a former Major Leaguer helped shape younger Dante's approach to baseball and I can't wait to see what he does this year in his first taste of a full-season league.
For my take on Bichette, check out my write-up on him from the AB4AR Top 30. I had Bichette considerably lower than most of the prospect lists that have been coming out lately, for the sole reason that I didn't want to rush to judgement on a kid who came in with a lot of question marks without seeing him in a full-season league. I sold Bichette a little short, predicting he'd start the season in SS Staten Island, and now I imagine the Yankees are going to be more aggressive and start him out in Charleston. If Bichette can put together another solid season in his first full season, he'll be a lock for my mid-season Top 10.