Toronto Blue Jays rookie Cavan Biggio is doing some unprecedented things on the baseball field that is putting him into a league of his own among his teammates.
Cavan Biggio may be only batting .237 after his first 95 games with the Blue Jays but that hasn’t deterred the 24-year old from displaying his other assets while providing a glimpse of what the future holds.
Biggio walked three times in last nights 11-10 marathon victory over the Baltimore Orioles raising his season total to 67 free passes. He sits behind only Justin Smoak for the team lead in walks and is only three behind Pete Alonso of the New York Mets for the most walks by a rookie this season.
Along with his keen eye at the dish, Biggio has yet to hit into a double play since his promotion to the majors. In 338 at-bats, the rookie has not fallen victim to the twin killing and only hit into one double play in 43 games with Buffalo before his promotion.
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In comparison, Randal Grichuk has hit into a team-leading 19 rally-killing double plays this season.
The third intangible that has gone somewhat unnoticed is his smarts on the base paths. Biggio is not necessarily regarded as the fastest player on the field but he may be the teams best baserunner.
The rookie has swiped 13 stolen bases in 13 attempts and obviously knows how to pick his spots on the base paths. The team leader in stolen bases definitely has the ability to swipe 20 bags in a full season at the major league level.
Aside from the walks, stolen bases and ability not to hit into double plays, Biggio has also been praised for his leadership abilities and propensity for being wiser than his years. This kid is going to be a major factor in the Blue Jays success moving forward.
The Blue Jays have 4 rookies who will be leaned upon heavily next season but Biggio just may be the straw that stirs the offensive drink in 2020.