Another one of the Blue Jays top prospects will be getting called-up this Friday. Cavan Biggio is getting promoted to the majors and will make his big-league debut with the club soon.
#BlueJays are bringing up Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Cavan Biggio tomorrow.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 24, 2019
Biggio has raked at every level and is just getting better and better through his journey in the minors. The son of Craig Biggio joins the son of Vladimir Guerrero in Toronto.
In his first year with the Triple-A Bisons this year, he is slashing .306/.440/.507 with a total of six home runs in 168 plate appearances. Projected to spend the full year down in the minors with a chance to make the 2020 team, Biggio broke through that assumption and forced management’s hand.
At age 24, there is no manipulation needed for a player like Biggio. He will be hitting free agency at the age of 31, which is fine by any modern-day general manager.
Acknowledging their weakness in outfield, the natural second-baseman was put in the corner outfield spots in Buffalo, where he appeared comfortable. Joining him in those outfield rotations was Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Already familiar with Toronto, Gurriel Jr. started on the 25-man roster but through defensive lapses and a cold bat, found his way to Buffalo. With the Bisons he has been hitting for a .274 average with a .779 OPS and four homers — surely good enough for the 25-year-old to get his confidence back.
The players going the other way will be outfielder Billy McKinney and infielder Richard Urena. McKinney has a .663 OPS in 150 plate appearances with the Jays this season, while Urena was off to a hot start but cooled down to a .608 OPS in Toronto.
Both players could use some time in Buffalo to get their groove back or just get lost in the sea of mediocre batters the Jays currently have.
For Gurriel Jr. and especially Biggio, their youth and ability to rake in Triple-A might show their potential to grow and be full-time big-league players like everyone hopes they will be.
Another exciting prospect debut, another month for the 2019 Blue Jays.