While the 2021 season saw a lot of success and growth for many Blue Jays players, Cavan Biggio unfortunately wasn’t one of them. The Texas native had a year filled with frustrations due to numerous injuries, minor league rehab assignments, and adjusting to different defensive positions.
Prior to this year, Biggio was considered a part of the young core that the Jays would be building the team around, along with fellow team mates Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. This season however has led many to question his role going forward and how he will perform in 2022.
In the shortened 2020 season, Cavan did well, hitting .250/.375/.807 over 59 games, including 41 walks. He was also mainly playing second base, the position he primarily spent most of his minor and major league career.
This all changed when veteran Marcus Semien came to the Jays and became the everyday second baseman in 2021. While this change greatly benefitted the team, Cavan was forced to switch to third base, a position he seemingly didn’t feel comfortable in. He also dealt with inconsistent playing time going through neck, back, elbow and finger injuries. As we have seen this year with George Springer, going back and forth from playing and injury has serious impacts on ability. In 52 completed games at third base this year, Biggio made nine errors and hit .224/.322/678.
After a rocky 2021 season filled with injuries and defensive position changes, let’s look at what next year holds for Cavan Biggio with the Blue Jays.
With Semien signing with the Texas Rangers and Biggio most likely heading back to second base, is this what he needs to get back to his old self? It seems likely in my view.
Personally, I still believe that Biggio is a part of the Blue Jays future, and getting back to consistently playing at second base everyday will surely be a huge part of that. His appearance at the end of the season against the Orioles on October 1 showed much promise, going 3-4 with an RBI.
If he can avoid injury and get back to playing second base, he is surely due for a big resurgence offensively and defensively next season.