When the New York Yankees picked Dante Bichette Jr., late Monday, it set off a celebration in the Georgia signee’s home.
It also ignited a wave of Internet interest.
Bichette ranked in the top 10 searches on Yahoo! on Tuesday, the day after the Yankees made him their first selection of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
“Wow, I had no idea,” Bichette said. “I made a Twitter account just for fun about a month ago. It had about 10 followers and now it’s got about 700. The Yankee fans, they do their homework, I guess.”
The Yankees picked Bichette, the son of former Colorado Rockies
outfielder Dante Bichette Sr., in the Compensatory A round with the 51st overall pick late Monday. Bichette’s selection in the Compensatory A round probably means that he will take the estimated $700,000 signing bonus for that draft position and will not join the Bulldogs.
“I told the coaches that if I went in the first round, I was going to go pro,” Bichette said. “I couldn’t have picked a better school to work with. The way they handled it was perfect. They even told me that if I went in the first round, I should go play pro ball. They’re behind me 100 percent. I’ll always be a Dog in my heart.”