Cava Biggio makes his MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays as the rebuild continues.
The Blue Jays’ youth movement continues.
On Friday May 24, Cavan Biggio made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays. The timing of the call up was a bit surprising. Prior to getting the call, his offensive production had taken a bit of a dip. In his last 10 games with the AAA Bisons, he was hitting .242/.405/.364.
Still his overall numbers this season were very impressive. He followed up the 2018 campaign which saw him hit .252/.388/.409 for the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats and earn league MVP with even better overall stats at .307/.445/.504. The Jays were ready to see what the 24 year old can do in the big leagues.
Cavan’s father, MLB hall of famer Craig Biggio and several other family members made the trip to Toronto to see young Biggio take the field in a Jays uniform. He failed to reach base in his first two games. Fortunately the family stuck around for the Sunday game.
Bottom of the second. Biggio, a left handed hitter, came to the plate to face left handed pitcher Robbie Erlin who was making an emergency start since the scheduled starter Chris Paddack was scratched with a stiff neck. With one on, Biggio pulled a single in to right field for his first major league hit that advanced the runner who later scored that inning. Up again bottom of 4th, this time facing righty Matt Wisler in relief, Biggio clubbed a home run in to the 4th deck in right field. Bottom of 5th facing yet another pitcher, righty Luis Perdomo, he hit an RBI single in to centre field.
It was a great game for the home team who enjoyed a final score of 10-1, and Biggio made a significant contribution to the winning effort.
Biggio brings a number of assets to the Blue Jays. He is a left handed hitter on a team with mostly right handed hitters. Even before his power developed, he was always a patient hitter, with a career OBP of .375 in MiLB. He has played at 1B, 2B, 3B, RF and LF. The majority of his games have been at 2B however.
Biggio joins a team with several young position players, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Danny Jansen, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Rowdy Tellez. More will likely be coming in the not too distant future. SS Bo Bichette is working his way back from a hand injury. He could make his MLB debut later this season. Outfielders Anthony Alford and Teoscar Hernandez both have MLB experience. They are looking to hit consistently in AAA in the hopes of being called back up to the Jays.
Defensively, Biggio is already rated 1 DRS in his first 3 games at 2B for Toronto. Manager Charlie Montoyo has said he plans to use Biggio mostly at 2B although his defensive flexibility is certainly a plus. Meanwhile Devon Travis has experienced a set back in his injury rehab. 33 year old Eric Sogard has predictably cooled off after his red hot start in 2019. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has played LF exclusively since rejoining the Jays.
If Biggio continues his solid overall play, he has the chance to be the Blue Jays 2B of the future along with the present. Piece by piece, the team is building for a brighter future.
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