Cavan Biggio has been a man on a mission the past few weeks.
Firstly, he filled in for the injured Matt Chapman at third base, and played much better than just a replacement level player. He swung the bat well and played excellent defensively, with one double play against Texas specifically coming to mind.
With runners on the corners and nobody out in a tie ballgame with Semien at the plate, Biggio made an excellent play to corral the groundball at third, apply the tag to Smith, and promptly throw a strike across the diamond to get Semien at first. As Buck Martinez described it on the broadcast, "one of the most heads up plays you'll ever see".
As mentioned, Biggio's also been swinging a hot bat as of late as well -- one of the few players on the team to be doing such. Over his last 15 games, he has 13 hits, drawn 10 walks, driven in 9, and has an OPS around 1.000.
Biggio is a player who came into the major leagues with a lot of promise and a lot of hype, but hasn't exactly lived up to those expectations as of yet. He came up the Blue Jays system with the likes of Guerrero and Bichette, playing together in AA New Hampshire and AAA Buffalo, but has yet to have the major league success of those two.
Over his first 4+ seasons in the majors, Biggio has turned himself into a super-utility player of sorts, and this is very evident when looking at his games by position. Just this season, he's played 15 games at first, 43 games at second, 13 games at third, 1 game at shortstop, and 25 games in right field.
Biggio's increase in production as of late has been a welcome surprise for the Blue Jays, and if Toronto's going to squeak into a Wild Card spot, they'll likely need it to continue.