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Blue Jays’ rebuild includes range of diverse pieces

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TSN Baseball Insider


I thought the call up of second baseman Cavan Biggio from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons last week was a brilliant move by the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office. There was so much negativity surrounding Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not playing at Rogers Centre on Victoria Day that Biggio’s promotion to the majors was a positive distraction.

Having the son of another Hall of Famer (Craig Biggio) playing in Toronto is pretty remarkable. But let’s be clear – this young man isn’t in the major leagues because of his name. Biggio is here because he’s a legitimate prospect.

Like Guerrero, Biggio is a high OBP hitter but he goes about it a bit differently. Guerrero gets there with a high batting average and more walks than strikeouts. Biggio has more swing and miss but he also has much more patience, exemplified by his 100 walks in 2018. He was one of only three minor leaguers to walk that many times. The 24-year-old has also shown the ability to drive the ball to left field and pull it down the right field line.

I was impressed by the young second baseman’s explanation of his first home run that he crushed to the fourth level of Rogers Centre in a 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday afternoon. When he was asked what he was thinking about at the plate, Biggio said he noticed that when Freddy Galvis had two strikes against him in a prior at-bat, the pitcher tried to go inside with a fastball. Sure enough, Biggio got the same pitch and he was ready for it. That is advanced thinking for a rookie.

Biggio’s presence makes it clear that the rebuilding process is about more than just Guerrero and Bo Bichette. It is exciting to think that next season Bichette could be leading off, followed by Biggio and then Guerrero. If Rowdy Tellez can keep improving, he could bat fourth. That could make for a very interesting infield and lineup.

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