Blue Jays 2016 Draft Picks Paying Early Dividends

Jays From the Couch review the early successes of Blue Jays Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette, taken in the 2016 MLB Draft

 

 

For a many first year professional baseball players, success is not always easy to come by. Despite the odds, every season a few freshly signed draft picks are put in a position to find success and put up big numbers. These early successes help jump-start their careers, catapulting them up the respective organizational depth chart, allowing them to move through the system quickly and ultimately giving them a better chance of fulfilling their dreams of one day becoming a Major League Baseball Player.

This could be the case for Vancouver Canadians Cavan Biggio and Gulf Coast League Blue Jays Bo Bichette, whose early season’s successes have allowed them to be offensive catalysts for their respective teams, despite playing in a combined 20 games.

 

Bo Bichette

From Lakewood, Florida, the 18-yr-old Bo Bichette has quickly shown why the The Toronto Blue Jays used their 2nd round pick, giving him a 1.1M signing bonus. In 7 games Bichette’s shown excellent plate awareness bring a solid good approach to the plate. This advanced approach has allowed him to walk 4 times and has limited him to just 5 strike outs. Bo has combined a patient approach with some power, hitting 3 doubles and a home run, showing off his power potential which is being described as ‘plus power’.

 

Bichette’s already produced three multi-hit games in his first three games. He collected an RBI on two hits in his professional debut. He would back that up with a two hit attack in his next game and three attack in his third game. In all the talented young infielder has collected hits in all but one game and RBI’s in all but one game, and they weren’t the same game. In his hit-less game, Bichette managed to score a run, steal a base, walk twice and drive in 2 RBI.

Bichette hit his first professional home run in the 2nd inning on July 1st off Mister Luciano, not a typo that is actually his first name. Oh, I forgot to mention, it was a Grand Slam, talk about a memorable game. He wasn’t done, he added a sac fly RBI in the 3rd to finish with 5 RBI’s and bringing his total to as he 12. He now has 14 runs batted in and 16 total bases in 24 at-bats.

 

Credit: MLBfarm.com
Credit: MLBfarm.com

 

It is this kind of production that has allowed Bo Bichette to generate a 1.133 OPS, .510 wOBA and 208 wRC+ in the opening week and half of the GCL season. With continued success Bluefield is the likely next stop.

Get to know Blue Jays 2nd Round MLB Draft Pick prospect Bo Bichette (full article)

 

Cavan Biggio

Vancouver couldn’t be happier with their newest 2nd baseman, 21-yr-old Cavan Biggio. In 12 games Biggio has shown a high baseball IQ, which has allowed him to produce quality at-bats each time out. He leads the C’s with a .326 batting average, 4 doubles and hits (14).

 

The 5th round pick, signed for 300K, is said to lack any plus tools, with his his ability to work the count and work a walk being his greatest asset. Thus far, Biggio hasn’t disappointed with a solid 0.83 BB/K which has allowed him to generate an impressive .400 OBP.

Canadians Manager, John Tamargo, has used Biggio in lead-off and in the 3rd spot in the line-up, with Biggio putting up a better OPS in the lead-off (.878) than the 3-hole (.767). Although a small sample size, Cavan is putting up number that would indicate that he can be an everyday contributor hitting RHP (.345) and LHP (.286) with some regularity.

Biggio’s professional debut didn’t go as smoothly as Bichette’s, as Cavan went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. He made up for his 0-for debut with a 4-for-4 in game two, hitting two doubles and driving in his first pro run. Biggio collected hits in his next 3 games and reached base in his first 8 games, allowing him to carry a solid .485 OBP through the first week of his career.

 

Credit: MLBfarm.com
Credit: MLBfarm.com

 

In the field, Biggio has committed 4 errors and turned 7 double plays, posting a .931 fielding percentage in 10 games at 2nd base. Heading into the draft there were questions about his range and consistency with a glove, however, Baseball America did state, “he turns a good double play.”

It is likely that Cavan Biggio will be sticking with Vancouver, with 22-yr-old 2nd baseman John La Prise putting up decent number with the Lansing Lugnuts and 24-yr-old Dickie Joe Thon having a break out season of sorts with the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Here’s hoping that both these talented infielders can maintain this level of success throughout 2016 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

*Featured Image Credit: Trevor Pritchard UNDER CC BY-SA 2.0

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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