The Toronto Blue Jays should explore selling high on prospect Cavan Biggio in order to acquire a controllable starting pitcher with upside.
Cavan Biggio had a breakout campaign in 2018 in Double-A with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats hitting a career-high 26 home runs in 132 games. The 23-year old is a natural second baseman but can also play third and first base and has also been playing outfield in the Arizona Fall League to increase his defensive flexibility.
The Blue Jays are loaded with infielders at the major league level and in the minors with the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette poised to make their respective debuts in 2019. The Jays have a plethora of infielders with the big club including Lourdes Gurriel Jr. who asserted himself as a future staple on the infield after a successful rookie season in 2018.
Biggio is undoubtedly a highly regarded talent but he still has holes in his game and strikes out at an alarming rate. Last season Biggo fanned 148 times in 563 plate appearances and has whiffed 288 times in the previous two minor league seasons combined. Although in his defence he at least has the ability to work a walk earning 100 free passes in 2018.
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With the exception of Nate Pearson and Eric Pardinho, the Blue Jays lack legit pitching depth in the minor leagues and neither is quite ready to make the jump to the majors. The Jays could dangle Biggio for a pitching prospect, someone who is on the cusp of their debut and could step in and contribute at some point in 2019.
At this point, Biggio is added luxury who may have to become a super utility player at the major league level while taking a back seat to Bichette, Vladdy, and Gurriel on the infield.
In order to acquire talent, you have to give up talent and this may be a case where you can deal from an area of positional strength. If the brain trust can turn the free-swinging power hitter into a legitimate, controllable arm, I say pull the trigger.