Cavan Biggio has displayed a wide skill set in his rookie year, and he may even be a candidate for a 30/30 season over a full MLB campaign.
The more I’ve had a chance to watch Cavan Biggio, the more I’ve been impressed with the 24-year-old in his rookie season with the Blue Jays.
Even throughout his cold stretch, he has displayed patience at the plate and a solid on-base percentage, even when he hasn’t been hitting. Now that he’s gotten hot at the dish again we’re seeing a pretty lethal combination of power and on-base ability that should have Blue Jays fans excited about his future in Toronto.
As impressed as I’ve been with his growth at the plate, I think his base-running ability has been the most pleasant surprise. So far Biggio is a perfect 13-13 in stolen base attempts, and has added a significant dimension to the top of Charlie Montoyo‘s batting order. Seeing his ability to pick his spot against the right pitchers, in the right counts, or whatever it is that he’s doing so well, has me wondering if he might even push for a 30/30 season when he’s given the chance to play an entire year in the big leagues.
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I’ve written about the potential for Bo Bichette to do the same at some point in his career, and if the Blue Jays continue to pair the duo at the top of the order in 2020 and beyond, I really like the way things will set up for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and the rest of this lineup as the rebuild continues.
As for whether or not Biggio can be the type of player to steal 30 bases in a season, I’ll admit that it’s a number he’s never reached even in the minor leagues. His career high was 20 in 28 tries while playing in Double-A in 2018, but he’s also a combined 18-19 in 138 games if you include what he did in Triple-A before making his big league debut. Pushing that number up to 30 might be a stretch, but I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility when you consider that he’s swiped 13 in his first 95 games and will likely continue to improve as he gains experience at the highest level.
Not every prospect is going to end up reaching their maximize potential, and I know that could be the case even with the Blue Jays’ developing core. That said, I dream of a season where Bichette and Biggio are each pushing for a 30/30 campaign, followed by Vlad Jr. and the rest of the gang to make things nearly impossible for the opposing pitchers. It’s a dream scenario to be sure, but it’s one that could be within reach.