Blue Jays: Who is the ‘Rookie of the Year’ on this team?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 10: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the third inning during a MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on September 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 10: Cavan Biggio #8 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the third inning during a MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on September 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

5- Cavan Biggio

Cavan Biggio has had an impressive stint with the Blue Jays so far in 2019, even if it’s been overshadowed by the performance of his fellow rookie teammates.

Biggio is currently slashing .207/.342/.376 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles, 35 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 83 games played. While his batting average leaves a little something to be desired, Biggio has displayed a mature eye at the plate, showing the ability to reach base by taking a walk at an above-average clip.

The power and speed combination is a nice quality to have, as is his ability to move around the diamond. The 24-year-old has seen time at second base (his most frequent spot), third, first, and in the outfield corners. It’s looking like he’ll be the second baseman of the future, at least for the time being, but don’t rule out the possibility of Biggio shifting around as some of the other elite minor league talent arrives.

Biggio has rated out at 1.5 bWAR and 1.0 fWAR, which are more than acceptable numbers for a rookie second baseman. He’s also had the opportunity to get a lot of regular playing time, and that experience will be valuable for the Houston, Texas native.

As good as Biggio has been this year, I can’t rank him any higher than #5 on my list. That’s less of a criticism of his performance and more a result of there being plenty of talented rookies in Toronto this season.

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