Article Written by Craig Borden (@Craigers1221)
The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio is enjoying his own success so far in 2018. Cavan Biggio has really come out of his shell and is currently mashing the Eastern Leagues pitchers. Something has clearly clicked for the 23-year-old infielder and he is putting everyone on notice.
Biggio is a part of a group within the Toronto Blue Jays' system that shows that family bloodlines run thick in baseball. He was selected in the 2016 draft by the Jays along with his current teammate Bo Bichette. Biggio joined the club after being selected in the 5th round and has been average throughout his tenure with the Jays thus far. His fellow teammates that are sons of baseball greats - Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette - have been basking in the spotlight over the past few seasons. This year has been a coming out party for Biggio’s lumber and he is showing that he should be in the same conversation as Bo and Vlad.
So far this season he has played in 45 games and has been showing off some excellent power. His smooth swing is reminiscent of his father's as he possesses the ability to flip the ball all over the field. While doing that, he could be a doubles machine and plenty of those line drives have been cruising over the fence. After hitting 11 home runs in 127 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays in 2017, Biggio has found a way to power up some and has 12 long balls already this season.
Biggio is currently on pace to decimate his numbers from the 2017 campaign and thus far has shown no signs of slowing down. He is now in Double-A with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and has been showing an advanced approach at the plate in a new, albeit more difficult league. He has walked 32 times in 45 games while striking out 45 times and is currently showing a great triple slash of .311/.432/.662. All of this while driving in 40 runs and scoring 31 times.
We have talked about the power he has, but Biggio is not to be forgotten on the base paths. He has 7 stolen bases this season to show that he is the complete package as a player. He is very athletic and has played all over the infield. While the majority of his starts have been at second base, he has spent time at first and third as well. Prior to this season, he has also played some games in the outfield. I really think his talents are on display the best at second base, but it is nice to see him performing around the diamond when the team needs him too.
Biggio’s swing generates effortless power and is really fun to watch. He loads up quick and gets to the ball in a hurry. This allows him to wait on some pitches that other batters would have to start earlier on. His bat speed is the key to his power as he uses his wrists to flip his bat through the zone with authority. His lower half is very quiet during his swing but with a quick lean back and toe tap, he dives at the baseball. This combo of great hands and opening up his hips at the proper moment generates plenty of pop and so far this season an increase in his launch angle has led to 12 home runs thus far.
Prior to the season, Cavan Biggio was not even on many writers Top 30 Blue Jays Prospects lists. Now he is showing what he is made of and has probably edged his way onto many of the coming Mid-Season Prospects lists for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is off to an incredible start to the year in a more difficult league and is making it look easy thus far. I look forward to watching that smooth swing continue to evolve into a great line drive hitter for the Jays in the next few years.
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