Cavan Biggio is primed for a breakout season in 2019, which could propel him up the Blue Jays ladder
Cavan Biggio, son of MLB Hall of Famer Craig Biggio. The Blue Jays drafted him in the 5th round of the 2016 first year player draft with the 162nd pick. In the three years he spent playing 2B for the Notre Dame Athletics, he posted decent if unspectacular stats. He slashed .272/.406/.425 in 167 games from 2014-2016 with 34 doubles, 7 triples and 15 HRs. The one stat that stood out is the .106 OBP – his 125 walks rank 8th in his school’s history.
After being drafted and signed by the Jays, Biggio got his first taste of professional baseball. He played 53 games at low A ball in Vancouver before being promoted to Lansing for 9 games to finish the season. Again his combined batting average and OBP were decent (.273/.371) but he was very lacking in extra base power against professional pitching. He managed 12 doubles and 3 triples but not one HR for a combined slugging percentage of .349.
2017 saw a promotion for Biggio to high A ball in Dunedin. He played in 127 games, the most he had ever played in one season. Facing the highest caliber of pitching he had ever faced in his career, he struggled at the plate, slashing .233/.342/.363. There were some positive signs though. The home run power was beginning to develop with 11 long balls. The plate discipline remained consistent with an OBP more than 100 points higher than his batting average.
Still, nobody really knew what they had in Biggio. Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr were getting much more attention. Baseball America did a cover story featuring the duo. Where would Biggio fit in to the big picture?
Then came 2018 and with it, another promotion, this time to AA New Hampshire. Biggio realized that if he wanted to have success against better pitching, he needed to make an adjustment. He made two mechanical adjustments in season and a different hitter emerged. Biggio led the Eastern League in home runs (26), slugging percentage (.499), OPS (.887) and was third in OBP (.388). Considering that production, it’s no surprise that he was named league MVP and was a big part of the reason the Fisher Cats won the Eastern League championship. He is currently ranked as the Jays’ 9th best prospect.
Biggio played in the Arizona Fall league in 2018 where he was used primarily as a right fielder. The most likely place for him to start the 2019 season is with the AAA Buffalo Bisons. 2019 will be an important season for Biggio in order to show Jays’ management that his 2018 success wasn’t a fluke, that he has indeed reinvented himself in to a legitimate MLB prospect. If he can maintain his 2018 success, and considering his new defensive versatility and the fact that he bats left handed, he may appear in a Blue Jays uniform sooner than later.
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