First-day draft prospect Bo Bichette makes the rounds

Lakewood High School shortstop Bo Bichette is setting his sights on the MLB amateur draft held June 9-11, 2016. (
David W. Doonan, Special to the Times)
Lakewood High School shortstop Bo Bichette is setting his sights on the MLB amateur draft held June 9-11, 2016. ( David W. Doonan, Special to the Times)
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Lakewood's Bo Bichette has stayed busy since the end of the high school season. A potential first-day pick, Bichette has worked out for the Mets, Padres and Blue Jays. He also flew to Seattle to work out for the Mariners at Safeco Field. On Tuesday, it was the Rays at Tropicana Field.

He also played in the FACA all-star games in Sebring on May 28-29. Of 19 possible innings (the first game went 10), Bichette played 17 innings.

"I'm a little tired," he said. "Now it's just wait and see what happens on draft day."

And from what he is hearing, his name could be called on Thursday night. The first round consists of 34 picks, followed by a competitive balance lottery round of seven picks for a total of 41 first-round picks. The second round and lottery picks are also on Thursday for a total of 77 picks.

Bichette hit .569 with 13 home runs as a senior. He was named the Gatorade/USA Today Florida Player of the Year. He added Florida Dairy Farmers' Player of the Year honors on Wednesday.

He said if he's selected in the first round he will likely turn professional. Any picks after that would depend on the team and the compensation. He has already orally committed to Arizona State.

"If it's a first-round pick, that's going to be hard to pass up," Bichette said. "It really depends on the team and the offer. Some teams are better than others at developing players, so that's something we'll have to look at."

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