The Jays Journal Top 30 prospects coverage is getting close to the elite level talent in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Coming in a number eight on the list is Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio.
Biggio was selected by the Blue Jays in 2016, the first draft under Ross Atkins’ regime as General Manager. Biggio has an expected ETA at the big league level of 2019 on MLB.com’s Top 30 Blue Jays prospects list, while Fangraphs has his ETA at 2020. It would’t shock many if Biggio arrived with the big club at some point during the 2019 season.
Name: Cavan Biggio
Position: 2B/3B/OF Age: 23
Height: 6’1” Weight: 203 lb
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Acquired: Selected in the Fifth Round of the 2016 draft
Playing in AA with the New Hampshire FisherCats for a full 132 games, Biggio put up a very impressive display of power for the Eastern League Champions. In 563 plate appearances, Biggio hit 26 home runs with 99 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He hit .252/.388/.499 and had a 145 wRC+. It was an impressive season offensively. The rest of the league took notice as Biggio was named Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year.
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What strikes people about Biggio’s game is his eye at the plate. Despite a K% of 26.3%, he walked 17.8% of the time. He does have a good eye at the plate, and it’s one thing that will definitely help Biggio get to the big leagues in 2019.
- Hit – 40/40
- Game Power – 45/50
- Raw Power – 55/55
- Speed – 45/40
- Field – 40/45
- Throws – 50/50
- Future Value – 40
The Blue Jays have an extreme surplus of infield talent spread throughout all levels of the minor leagues and Biggio has put himself on the map. However, with all this talent comes the need to find out if Biggio can play in the outfield. He received some reps in the outfield late in the year during the Arizona Fall League season, and he performed reasonably well. Given the lack of outfield talent in the minors, it’s not surprising to see the Blue Jays exploring all options.
Fans should be excited about Cavan Biggio. He likely will be spending the vast majority of the season, if not the full season with the Buffalo Bisons. If he starts off hot, there will be some pressure put on the current crop of infielders at the big league level to perform like Devon Travis and Brandon Drury, as Biggio could be the 2nd basemen of the future. It sure seems like Cavan Biggio is the real deal and 2019 could be when we see him make his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays.