Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio belongs on the major league roster

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Cavan Biggio #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Cavan Biggio #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Cavan Biggio has become one of the higher ranked prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays organization at #9 overall in 2019. With the team in full rebuild and Biggio out to a strong season in the Buffalo, why is he still stuck in the minor leagues?

Cavan Biggio was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round in the 2016 Amateur Draft. Since joining the organization, Biggio has risen through the ranks and found himself in 2019 at AAA.

Since the start of the 2019 season, Biggio has been destroying the ball. He is currently slashing a .310/.436/.516 and has six home runs to go with 26 RBI’s in just 38 games.

Biggio has been spent the majority of his professional baseball career in the infield, predominantly at second and third base. With the Blue Jays currently filled with prospects covering the infield, Biggio has started to take reps in the outfield, which may be his ticket to joining the big league roster.

The Toronto Blue Jays lack prospect depth in the outfield, with multiple players not living up to their draft potential, and veteran outfielders being traded or leaving through free agency over the past few years.

There are also players like Teoscar Hernandez and Socrates Brito who were on the MLB team at some point this year, but have been demoted due to poor performance at the plate.

With Biggio playing well in AAA and the Toronto Blue Jays in the rebuilding phase, it is a bit odd to see highly touted prospects like Biggio not being called up the big league team.

This is especially frustrating considering the Blue Jays are one of the lowest ranking teams in multiple team-based batting statistics across the major leagues.

SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Cavan Biggio #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms up before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL West All-Star, Cavan Biggio #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays warms up before the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

As of May 19, 2019, out of the 30 teams in the MLB, the Blue Jays are 27th in runs (164),  27th in hits (324), 26th in home runs (44), 28th in RBI (153), and 28th in team AVG (.220).

Biggio is hitting the ball well with the Bisons, where he currently leads the team in batting average, RBI, HR, and runs. With that kind of production, it would seem reasonable that the Jays would give him a chance against major league arms.

The Jays are not expected to compete for the playoffs this season, and the injury bug is hitting the starting rotation quite heavily as of right now.

With new pitchers being brought in and bullpen games being used more frequently, you would think the team would want the best organizational hitters in the lineup to combat against the starting rotation questionability.

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If the Blue Jays are truly embracing the rebuild, then Biggio deserves to be in Toronto.

This would be an ideal scenario because it would allow Biggio to get some reps at both the plate and in the field (whether it be in the infield or the outfield) without the pressure of contending for a playoff spot like Mark Shapiro hopes the team will be in within the next five years.

The only thing Cavan Biggio can continue to do is to keep crushing the ball in the minors so it forces the Blue Jays management to bring up to the big league team. If he keeps hitting over .300, it would be tough for Blue Jays to keep him in the highest level of MiLB ball (unless he needs more defensive work or ‘isn’t ready’).

He easily has the potential to be a September call up this year, but I personally would like to see Biggio pencilled into the Blue Jays lineup before that time comes. Like I said earlier, with the team embracing this rebuild, you might as well let the kids play.

With Jonathon Davis struggling out of the gate since his call-up and Hernandez being demoted, why not let the best hitter on the organization’s AAA team have a chance at the major league level?

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Cavan Biggio is on the cusp of making the big league team, and I would prefer if the Blue Jays would let him get some reps at the MLB level sooner rather later.

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