Dante Bichette Jr. named GCL MVP


The Yankees announced this afternoon that 2011 first rounder Dante Bichette Jr. has been named the MVP of the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League. The third baseman hit .342/.446/.505 in 52 GCL games this year, ranking among the league leaders in AVG (second), OBP (second), SLG (eighth), OPS (fourth), hits (first), doubles (first), RBI (first), total bases (second), and walks (third). The GCL Yanks won the league title thanks in part to Bichette’s game-tying homer in the deciding game, part of his 5-for-14, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 1 K postseason showing.

Catcher Isaias Tejeda (.331/.404/.568) and shortstop Jose Rosario (.331/.372/.529) were also named to the postseason All-Star Team. GCL Yanks manager Carlos Mendoza was named the league’s Manager of the Year. That team was quite stacked this season, they led the league in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, total bases, and stolen bases.

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  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Viva Ravel Santana.

  • pat

    Whatever. I saw him run the bases once in high school. LOL!

  • Mark

    How old is Tejeda? Another legit catching prospect?

  • FachoinaNYY

    So does this mean this incoming draft class was better than advertised?

    Or a small sample size thing?

    I hope Bichette is a success, really like this kid so far.

    • Ted Nelson

      Could be either… pretty much impossible to say at this point. Different people will have their theories, but who really knows what’s going to happen in the future?

      The one thing I will say is that it’s nearly worthless to rank a draft class at the time it’s taken. Interesting to get opinions and figure out what the prospects need to work on… but projecting how 18 year olds are going to play ~5 years from now is really inexact.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Excellent answer sir, appreciated.

      • Accent Shallow

        Exactly. I believe Bronson Sardinha crushed the GCL, and Robbie Cano didn’t hit at all.

        And look where they are now.

  • bottom line

    Impressive that Yanks may have #1 prospect in NYPL with last year’s fourth round pick, as well as MVP with very low first round pick in GCL. Would love to know more about Tejeda. And what happened to Claudio Custodio?

  • vin

    I still can’t decide which team was better – ’11 GCL Yanks or ’98 Yanks?

    • Jesse

      2011 Red Sox are better than both.


  • Mickey Scheister

    they led the league in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, total bases, and stolen bases.
    Whoa! That bodes well for the future big team and future trades. Well done Yankee front office. Cash and Co never get kudos for the farm, they just buy talent. Well looky here!

  • mustang

    Not bad for a non five-tool player who was marked for failure before he even hit the field.
    Good way to start proving them wrong keep it going!

    • mustang

      Congrats Dante!