Cavan Biggio’s performance has dipped a bit, but it should not concern the Toronto Blue Jays or their fans
The Toronto Blue Jays know their future looks bright (at least on the offensive side of things). With Vladimir Guerrero Jr.leading the way, the bats should be rather exciting. Cavan Biggio should be a rather nice addition to the lineup over the next few years. And, to give you a little taste of that, he came up to Toronto this year and impressed early on.
In his first 10 games, he collected 6 hits (one HR), scored 5 runs, drove in 3 and stole a couple bases. From there, he went on to have himself a nice little June, giving Blue Jays fans reason to get excited. I rushed to pick him up on both my fantasy teams. Of course, fantasy baseball players know just as much as anyone that players can suffer hot streaks just as well as they can suffer cold. Biggio has not been immune to this.
In fact, if you look at his splits, his month by month performance has dropped off significantly.
May: .278/.316/.444, 19 PA
June: .220/.369/.451, 104 PA, 5 HR, 16, RBI, 121 wRC+
July: .169/.310/.203, 71 PA, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 51 wRC+
Before going any further, I will say that the guy has only been in the big leagues for around 200 plate appearances, so it is a bit unfair to be hard on him. There will always be adjustments that need to be made, and there may even be times when a player needs to be sent down to work on some things before coming back for good. Biggio is not there yet.
We know this because he is still getting on base. Sure, his strike out rate is near 30% and his batting average has taken a dive, but at the very least, his 17% walk rate tells us that he is still putting together some good at bats. As well, his BABIP in May was .364 and has fallen all the way to .256 in July. Sure, he may have started off with some ‘good luck’, but that also means he is seeing the exact opposite right now.
Biggio’s minor league career has always seen a decent on base percentage, which he is maintaining in the big leagues. If we take May and July and say they cancel each other out, we are left with June, which is a rather nice idea. One might say that a .220 average is not exactly exciting, but if one considers his full season average (according to Baseball Reference) would give 20 HR, 78 RBI, one can accept a lower average with an OBP over .350. Biggio’s OPS for June was .820, which might be a tad higher than what we can expect for him moving forward.
That said, a second baseman who can hit 20 HR, drive in 70+, steal some bases, get on base better than most with an OPS of just under .800 is something the Blue Jays will gladly take.
If you look at Biggio’s performance in isolation, it looks like he is struggling lately and might have been playing above his head previously. That would be incorrect. On the whole, Cavan Biggio is exactly what he is expected to be. He will not hit for a high average, but he will show some speed and power and get on base, something the Blue Jays are grossly lacking.
Before I am accused of fabricating a ‘straw man argument’, or even worse, click bait, I want to make it clear that none of this is to say that anyone has been worried about Biggio and his July performance. And, that is because they really shouldn’t be. Over the course of a season, performances ebb and flow. When all is said and done, we can expect Biggio to be just fine. There is nothing in his past indicating that he won’t be.
Now, Cavan Biggio very well may need to make adjustments and the time may even come when he needs to be sent down. But, that time is not now.
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