Everyone yelled for months that Vlad Jr. needed to get called up and finally happened last week. Now it’s time to yell about somebody else coming up. I think that player is Cavan Biggio.
Biggio enjoyed a breakout season last year with Double-A New Hampshire due largely to an adjusted swing that had him focusing on trying to put the ball in the air. The results were excellent as Biggio slashed a.252/.388/.499 line and hit 26 homers while driving in 99 runs. The breakout season put Biggio, a fifth-round pick back in 2016, on the map as one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects.
There was some skepticism as to whether Biggio was actually legit or not given the fact he had fairly pedestrian numbers in the lower minors in his first two professional seasons. But, small sample sizes be damned, he’s silenced his doubters by kicking the shit out of Triple-A over the first month of play.
Coming into today’s game with Pawtucket, Biggio was slashing a .352/.478/.577 line with four bombs and 12 runs batted in. Perhaps the most impressive part is that he has more walks (18) than he does strikeouts (16).
Those numbers are… very good. And then he went and did this today:
Here’s video proof of Biggio’s blast: pic.twitter.com/hKWYRYFoPT
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 1, 2019
Beyond Biggio’s three-run homer that ended up in outer space, he’s also taken two walks today.
But where is he going to play? The Jays have a crowded infield picture with Vlad Jr. occupying third, Brandon Drury now playing second base, veteran Steady Freddy Galvis manning short, and the red-hot Eric Sogard demanding he’s pencilled into the lineup every day.
How about the outfield?
First game in RF this year… no problem!
— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) April 30, 2019
I mean, the Socrates Brito experiment has been a disaster thus far as he has just two hits in 34 plate appearances since being acquired a few weeks ago. The Jays even have Alen Hanson, who’s mostly an infielder, playing in the outfield. No offence to either Hanson or Brito, but neither have really warranted being in the lineup every day, and I don’t think either player is really in the long-term plans of the organization.
Call up Biggio. Give him some turns at second base and work him in the corner outfield positions.