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Blue Jays: Will Cavan Biggio make his big league debut this season?

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 07: Cavan Biggio of United States tags out Shohei Otani of Japan as he slides into first base in the fifth inning during the U18 Baseball World Championship match between Japan and the United States at Mokdong stadium on September 7, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 07: Cavan Biggio of United States tags out Shohei Otani of Japan as he slides into first base in the fifth inning during the U18 Baseball World Championship match between Japan and the United States at Mokdong stadium on September 7, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) /
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As Vladimir Guerrero Jr. loudly asserts himself as a youthful offensive force, another son of a former major leaguer is making a name for himself too, albeit in a much more discrete way. One well-known reporter suggested that maybe it’s time for that underrated slugger to see the major leagues.

Cavan Biggio is having an excellent season for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. While not as well known as his teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., he’s put up a .301/.429/.630 slash line while smashing 13 home runs and 12 doubles, also adding seven stolen bases and three triples entering play on Tuesday.

Additionally, he’s played a solid second base and has walked 40 times in 220 plate appearances. He’s scored 33 runs and has 109 total bases on the year – not bad at all. Oh yeah, and his father is a Hall of Fame second basemen with over 2800 major league games, 250 home runs, and 400 stolen bases under his belt.

In the midst of his incredible season, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi tweeted that Biggio could possibly make his big league debut at some point this season, citing his astronomical 1.059 OPS as the main driving stat behind his success.

It’s unclear whether Morosi’s remark is a rumour or just purely speculation, but it raises an interesting question – should Biggio make it to the major leagues this season?

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Anyone who regularly reads my columns knows that I am against the promotion of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., with much of my opinions derived from Vladdy’s young age and lack of experience in pro ball. Biggio has neither of those problems.

He’s 23 years old and is considered by many to be a late bloomer. While his at-bat numbers are similar to those of Guerrero, one could make the argument that his age could make him a more sensible fit for a major league team, at least right now.

On the flipside, Biggio really started getting good this season. Last year in Dunedin, he slashed a promising .233/.342/.363 with 11 home runs in 127 games in the Florida State League. His sudden dominance could be pointed to as a restraining factor for his young career, as many fans will surely be quick to point his limited experience in the mid-minors.

There’s also the argument of keeping the Big Three (Biggio, Vladdy, and Bo Bichette) Fisher Cats infielders together as they progress through the minor leagues. That way, they can build chemistry and form a stronger bond for when they inevitably reach the bigs as a trio. For most Jays fans, the future of the infield is anchored around those three young men.

At this point, it seems like Morosi’s comment was merely to shine a light on a consistently underrated prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system. On the other hand, we haven’t heard Atkins or Shapiro even utter the name Biggio in quite some time, so it remains to be seen what their exact plans are for the son of Craig.

Whatever happens, let’s hope the younger Biggio keeps on slugging in New Hampshire, because boy is it fun to watch.

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