Bichette Learning His Way

Dante Bichette Jr. hasn't had the ideal season with the Charleston RiverDogs in 2012, but that's to be expected from a young guy in the South Atlantic League. The RiverDogs coaches, in addition to Bichette, are confident he is on his way to getting comfortable and finding his place as a professional baseball player.

"Everyday I feel like I'm learning something new, whether it's something I'm doing wrong or doing right," said the Orlando native. "It's just a big process and it's a lot of fun to be apart of it."

"It's been an up and down kind of year for Dante, but it is a very good learning experience for him," Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza said. "This is his first time playing a long season, and especially in the last two months, it's not easy.

"Even when he's struggled this season, he's bounced back well and still comes out to play everyday. He's always keeping his head up and still plays hard."

Bichette is hitting .167 in his last ten games, bringing his season totals to a .242 average with two home runs and 36 RBIs.

"Dante has done a much better job," hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. "He's swinging the bat well and getting good pitches to hit. When he starts trying to do too much, he struggles. As long as he stays focused and tries to drive the ball up the middle, he'll do just fine."

"Consistency is my biggest hurdle," the 6-foot-1 third baseman said. "The enemy of good is great, is something my dad always told me. Trying to do too much always comes back to get you."

"Learning to play while struggling isn't easy, but he's done it," Mendoza said. "He's working hard and eventually that work will pay off."

"My defense has improved since the beginning of the season," Bichette said. "My defense is something people were unsure about when I signed and I've worked hard with the coaches here to improve. I feel great about how my season has gone thus far. It can get better, obviously, but I feel good."

At the end of the day Bichette is still one of the youngest players in the league and while it's obvious he has had his struggles, they weren't all too surprising.

"Being 18 and 19 years-old isn't easy in this league," Mendoza reiterated. "The everyday challenge of facing different pitchers, weather, traveling to different stadiums is hard, but he's making adjustments.

"One thing he can do is just sit back and relax and enjoy the situation he's in. I told him not to worry about his numbers and just go out there and play baseball. I just want him to continue working hard and eventually results will come."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Everyday I feel like I'm learning something new, whether it's something I'm doing wrong or doing right,\" said the Orlando native. \"It's just a big process and it's a lot of fun to be apart of it.\"
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\r\n\"It's been an up and down kind of year for Dante, but it is a very good learning experience for him,\" Charleston manager Carlos Mendoza said. \"This is his first time playing a long season, and especially in the last two months, it's not easy.
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\r\n\"Even when he's struggled this season, he's bounced back well and still comes out to play everyday. He's always keeping his head up and still plays hard.\"
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\r\nBichette is hitting .167 in his last ten games, bringing his season totals to a .242 average with two home runs and 36 RBIs.
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\r\n\"Dante has done a much better job,\" hitting coach Greg Colbrunn. \"He's swinging the bat well and getting good pitches to hit. When he starts \r\ntrying to do too much, he struggles. As long as he stays focused and tries to drive the ball up the middle, he'll do just fine.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"Consistency is my biggest hurdle,\" the 6-foot-1 third baseman said. \"The enemy of good is great, is something my dad always told me. Trying to do too much always comes back to get you.\"
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\r\n\"Learning to play while struggling isn't easy, but he's done it,\" Mendoza said. \"He's working hard and eventually that work will pay off.\"
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\r\n\"My defense has improved since the beginning of the season,\" Bichette said. \"My defense is something people were unsure about when I signed and I've worked hard with the coaches here to improve. I feel great about how my season has gone thus far. It can get better, obviously, but I feel good.\"
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\r\nAt the end of the day Bichette is still one of the youngest players in the league and while it's obvious he has had his struggles, they weren't all too surprising.
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\r\n\"Being 18 and 19 years-old isn't easy in this league,\" Mendoza reiterated. \"The everyday challenge of facing different pitchers, weather, traveling to different stadiums is hard, but he's making adjustments.
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\r\n\"One thing he can do is just sit back and relax and enjoy the situation he's in. I told him not to worry about his numbers and just go out there and play baseball. I just want him to continue \r\nworking hard and eventually results will come.\"
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