Bo Bichette doesn’t yet have a place on the Toronto Blue Jays’ roster, but sustained success at triple-A has inserted him into the discussion whenever a spot opens up at the major-league level.
This time, the opportunity went to Billy McKinney, who was recalled from triple-A Monday to replace the demoted Rowdy Tellez, but with each passing week the Blue Jays’ top prospect strengthens his case for a chance in the big-leagues.
"Of course there’s discussions about Bichette," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He’s playing well. (The move) was more about McKinney, giving him a chance and creating that DH spot."
Bichette entered play Monday batting .298/.360/.482 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases at Buffalo. The 21-year-old has played especially well since returning from a fractured hand, hitting .322 with a .903 OPS over that 28-game stretch.
Still, the Blue Jays wanted to reward McKinney, who homered in his first at-bat back, while keeping the likes of Eric Sogard and Freddy Galvis in the lineup regularly. Eventually a trade or injury will create an opening for Bichette. In the meantime, the Blue Jays are still getting results.