Dante, nicknamed "D" by his mother, was part of the very talented Staten Island team that won the championship in 2011 in the Gulf Coast League. Dante actually hit the game and series deciding home run in that series on the way to the title. Here is a list of his accomplishments in that same 2011 season for the Staten Island Yankees, seen here.
|12/22/2011||MiLB.com Organization All-Star|
|11/30/2011||Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star|
|09/16/2011||Baseball America Rookie All-Star|
|09/13/2011||GCL Most Valuable Player|
|09/13/2011||GCL Post-Season All-Star|
|07/31/2011||GCL Player of the Month|
Bichette's mother actually got Dante to start doing yoga while in high school, maintaining that it would keep him quick, flexible, and healthy. At first, naturally, Dante hated it but not admits that he loves doing it because of the fact that it does in fact keep him healthy. Dante also has a brother, Bo Bichette, and he claims that his brother is "twice the player" that Dante is.... which so far is a scary thought.
The Yankees caught a lot of flack from the fans and from the baseball minds around the league for taking Bichette as they thought his minor league success would be short lived. They also said that his defense was less then stellar and he was destined to be a left fielder and a Shelly Duncan type hitter. All of these thoughts, and more, are quickly being reversed as he has done nothing but be successful and quite the haters. Bichette just may be the steal of the 2010 draft.