Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio has a shot at AL Comeback Player of the Year

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Cavan Biggio is a versatile player with a lot of talent. Not only can he play infield, but he can play outfield as well. For the upcoming season, he needs to get back to the player he was in 2019 and 2020.

During the 2019 season, he played 100 games. In that time, he batted .234, with 16 homers, 48 RBI, 14 stolen bases and had a .793 OPS. That's impressive for a player in his first season in the major leagues.

In the 2020 season, he delivered once again and proved that 2019 wasn't a fluke. The season was shortened to 60 games thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Biggio made it in 59 of them. He batted .250, hit eight homers and drove in 28 runs.

He played just 79 out of 162 games in the 2021 campaign, posting a .224 batting average and 84 OPS+. The story was largely the same last year, as Biggio played 97 games and barely finished the season above the Mendoza Line with an average of .202.

Thanks to a red-hot Spring Training and an increased sense of Biggio needing a strong season in 2023, he has an outside shot, albeit unlikely, to take home the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

During Spring Training, Biggio has shown promise that he can be effective for this team. Through 43 at-bats, he has batted .256 with one home run, 2 RBIs, and a .645 OPS. While he has come back down to earth a bit, he's also excelled out in the field, especially in right field.

Being the son of a hall of Famer, Craig Biggio, there are high expectations and a ton of pressure on Cavan's shoulders. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are living up to the hype since they're both sons of former big leaguers, but we are still waiting for Biggio to step up.

He is fortunate to play for an organization supporting and rooting for him. On January 13, 2023, Biggio signed a one-year, $2.8M contract with the Blue Jays, avoiding arbitration. The upcoming season is one of vengeance for Biggio, and he could be the next Jays player to win the honor. It's time for him to prove he can be an everyday player and stay consistent. It is undoubtedly the most crucial season of his career thus far.

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