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Bichette a force for GCL Yankees

Dante Bichette, Jr. during an at-bat at the

Dante Bichette, Jr. during an at-bat at the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field. (Aug. 14, 2010) Photo Credit: Damen Jackson/Icon SMI

While many draft picks went down to the wire before signing by the midnight deadline Aug. 15, Dante Bichette Jr. already was in the fold and well into his first season of professional baseball. The Yankees’ first pick of the June draft, selected 51st overall out of Orangewood Christian High School in Maitland, Fla., signed shortly after being drafted and reported to Tampa June 20 to play for the GCL Yankees.

The 6-1, 215-pound third baseman got off to a scorching start, which has continued deep into August. Bichette, 18, the son of former major-leaguer Dante Bichette — who is among Joe Girardi’s closest friends — entered yesterday hitting .335 in 49 games with a .441 on-base percentage. He had three homers and 45 RBIs. Bichette has been particularly hot of late; in his last 10 games entering yesterday, he was hitting .378 with a .455 OBP.

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