SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) - St. Petersburg native Bo Bichette has the pedigree, the game, and the look to be Toronto’s next big hit.
He’s been tearing the cover off of the ball this spring, batting a .387 with a team-high four home runs.
FOX 13 Sports asked, does the power come from his long locks?
"I don't know," laughed Bichette. "Hopefully not because one day I might want to cut it."
The question is, will the Jays let him keep it?
"If he continues to swing like that he can do whatever he wants with his hair," said former Rays coach and new Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
At every minor league level, Bo has produced. He’s currently the Jays No. 2 prospect and has quickly won over his new manager.
"I heard before that his arm wasn't that great," said Montoyo. "All of a sudden he has a good arm. What were people talking about? He was telling me he worked during the offseason playing long toss and stuff. His arm is great."
Bo arrived for spring training with the Jays projected to start the season in AAA, but he's not about to accept those expectations.
"I told the manager Charlie, I said, 'I'm here to make the team,'" said Bichette. "I understand the situation. The probability isn't very high, but I would be doing myself a disservice coming in here with a different attitude."
"He said, 'No, I'm competing for a job and I love that,'" said Montoyo. "For a guy that young to have that confidence, you don't teach that, he has it."
There’s no question that the Jays believe in Bo.
"You know he's going to be a star," said Montoyo. "Whenever that happens he's going to be a star on the field and off it. Doing commercials and stuff."
Has Bo thought about what it's going to be like when he gets the call to the bigs?
"Not really honestly," said Bichette. "If I don't take care of what's present then that call isn't coming anytime soon. That's where I'm trying to stay at. Obviously, I know I'll be excited and who knows if I'll be emotional I don't know. It should be cool."