In 2013, his senior year at St. Thomas High School in Houston, Biggio committed to Virginia.
He also had a football career to look forward to. A wide receiver at St. Thomas Catholic, his team advanced to the state semifinals last fall, and his impressive season had him at least entertaining the idea of playing on the gridiron at the next level.
“It’s crossed my mind,” he said. “I don’t think I have a future there past college, though. It’s really not worth it. Baseball is my future.”
Cavan was coached in high school by his father.
Of course, it is not always easy playing with the Biggio name, and Cavan dealt with that quite a bit growing up. Everyone wanted to talk to the next Biggio, and the comparisons were always there, especially when he played second base—the same position as his father.
Plus, the rigors of the Majors make for some tough scheduling conflicts during spring and summer baseball leagues, and Craig didn’t always get to go to his son’s games.
“He wasn’t around much to watch me play,” Cavan said. “But what he did do was take me around to different clubhouses to meet players, and I got to learn from all kinds of different perspectives.”
In 2013, the Phillies chose Biggio in the 29th round, but he did not sign. Instead, he joined his brother, Conor, at the University of Notre Dame.
Cavan has an older brother, Conor, who also played on the Notre Dame baseball team. He also has a younger sister, Quinn.
In 2015, Biggio led the Cape Cod League in walks after ranking 14th in Division I.
June 2016: The Blue Jays drafted Biggio in the 5th round, out of the University of Notre Dame. He signed for a $300,000 bonus via scout Jeff Johnson.
In 2016, the excitement of hearing his name called as the fifth-round pick by the Blue Jays on Day 2 of the MLB Draft was magnified for Cavan when he recognized the voice that was announcing the pick.
Biggio found out he was being taken by the Blue Jays when he heard his older brother, Conor, an intern in the Commissioner's Office, making the call of the 162nd overall pick.
"That was definitely a surprise," Cavan Biggio said. "I know he's been working with the Draft all week and being in the room the past two days, but I honestly didn't really know what specifically he was doing. After my name was selected and I heard my name called, I said, 'That voice kind of sounds a little familiar. Sounds like my older brother, Conor.' It's kind of cool. It was cool he was a part of it." (McTaggart - MLB.com - 6/10/2016)
In 2017, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Biggio the 25th-best prospect in the Jays system.
In 2018, Cavan broke out as he totaled 26 homers and 20 steals for Double-A New Hampshire en route to Rookie of the Year Award and Most Valuable Player Awards honors in the Eastern League. The 20-homer, 20-steal plateau serves as a key benchmark reached by only a select number of minor league players each year.
June 8, 2019: In a season providing a glimpse into what the Blue Jays hope will be a bright future, the team is looking to a couple of its rookies to step up and take leadership roles.
Ahead of a 6-0 loss to Arizona, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo took 24-year-old infielder Cavan Biggio, and catcher Danny Jansen, also 24, aside to tell them that he hopes they can begin to step into leadership roles at the big league level. Though both players are experiencing tough stretches. Biggio is hitting .194 in his 11 games in the Majors and Jansen is batting .164 over 46 contests. But Montoyo is hoping they can look beyond the numbers and get back to having the same clubhouse presence they brought to their teams in the Minors.
“I had a good talk with Biggio and Jansen,” Montoyo said. “I said, ‘I heard you guys were leaders in the Minor Leagues. Just do it. Don’t worry about your averages, you’re actually having good at-bats, to tell you the truth. “It doesn’t show, but just be yourself. Be a leader. Be who you are. Because you were a leader in the Minor Leagues, you can be a leader here. You guys are going to be here for a long time; start now. Go ahead.’”
The information Montoyo gleaned about what the two young players were like as they climbed through Toronto’s farm system came from Major League coach John Schneider, who managed both Biggio and Jansen at multiple levels along the way.
“A lot of it is leading by example, and a lot of it is players respecting them and the way they go about their business,” Schneider said of what he saw. “We took a lot of time last year with those guys in the Minor Leagues, really trying to let them have their own day, their own routine. And once that is taken care of, being able to affect others, by not only their preparation but their play and their attitude, their personalities.
Schneider noticed a personality shift from the players, and when he mentioned to Montoyo that they were quieter around the clubhouse than they ever had been while he was their skipper, Toronto’s manager wanted to encourage them to get back to the way they were.
“Don’t be afraid to be yourself,” Biggio said of the message received. “Danny being here a little bit longer than me, I can’t really speak for him, but for me it was about getting here and feeling yourself out. He basically said, ‘You should be yourself and there’s no need to be in the background. Just be that teammate, that player that you are.’”
Though it’s tough for players to truly be themselves and to try to lead by example when they aren’t seeing results on the field, Toronto’s staff believes Biggio and Jansen have exactly what is needed to be able to do that.
“It’s always easier when you’re doing well,” Schneider said. “But what makes them who they are and what makes a lot of young guys that we have in the system who they are, is their personalities, the way they support their teammates, the way they prepare, the way they play. So it’s tough, but if you’re the same dude, every day, good or bad, that’s really the true sign of a leader.” (A Brudnicki - MLB.com - June 8, 2019)
Ahead of the Blue Jays' series in Houston, Cavan's father, Craig, let his guard down just a bit. He's excited for this, happy for his kid and thrilled that this is all coming together on Father's Day 2019 weekend.
"I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said how excited they are for this, coming up, saying, 'I'll be there!'" Craig Biggio said. "They've known him since he was five, six years old, running around here. I'm looking forward to an exciting weekend."
Cavan, a rookie second, will be all business during this visit. But he fully acknowledged that he'll give himself a chance to soak in the joy of playing somewhere so familiar to him, in front of dozens of family and friends who didn't have to travel far to watch him, as a Major League player.
"I always wanted to play in this stadium, whether or not it was with Astros on my chest," Cavan Biggio said. "This is going to be just as good."
Cavan, his older brother, Conor, and their younger sister, Quinn, grew up at Minute Maid Park. That is no exaggeration. The 24-year-old Cavan was five when the ballpark opened, and for the next seven years, until Craig retired in 2007, the kids bounced around Minute Maid Park like it was a backyard amusement park.
They know every crevice of the building, including the press conference room where Cavan and his dad addressed the Houston and Toronto media prior to the series opener between the Blue Jays and Astros. "I can't tell you how many times we had a fake press conference in here," Cavan said. "We'd come in here and the mic was still on and we'd act like we were [former manager] Phil Garner talking about how Craig Biggio had a game-winning hit."
Past Father's Days didn't always include the Biggio family being together. As a player, Craig was out of town a lot on Father's Day, and when Cavan became a college player at Notre Dame, and later started his pro career, Craig and his wife, Patty, often employed the "divide and conquer" method—one would go to Cavan's games, and one would stick with Quinn, a rising softball star at Notre Dame.
Cavan surmised this might be the first Father's Day his dad is actually able to watch him play. "I think this whole weekend, it'll be a very cool experience for me," he said. "I've been around my whole life, grew up in this building. My parents have been coming to this building for a while. This time is going to be very different for them, and it's going to be something pretty special, not only for my dad but also for my mother."
The weekend series is a full family affair. Craig, mom Patty, Quinn, Conor, Patty’s 82-year-old dad, and dozens of extended family and friends were expected to be in attendance for the three games.
Which family members will be rooting for the Astros and which will come down on the side of the Jays was undetermined. Patty and Quinn were wearing specially-made jerseys that included both teams, and Conor went with the two-jersey look: underneath, Houston, and over that, Toronto.
For Cavan and Craig, the decision was less complicated. "This weekend, I just want to see them lose these three games," Cavan said of the Astros.
"I hope Cavan has a great weekend," Craig said. "And the Astros win all the games." (Footer - mlb.com - 6/14/2019)
Feb 18, 2020: The value of clubhouse leadership is an unmeasurable metric in the great measured game of baseball. At times it's a buzzword, and other times it tips a team from defeat to victory, but rarely in quantifiable ways. The clearest example from the Blue Jays' 2019 season came in September, when Bo Bichette took a pitch off the brim of his helmet in Baltimore and later left the game with a concussion. Veteran first baseman Justin Smoak cornered Bichette in the dugout and made it clear to the rookie that he wouldn't impress anyone by toughing it out if he didn't feel right.
"I'm thankful that Smoak came up and said that to me, especially as the veteran voice," Bichette said soon after in New York. "Telling me to go say something, that kind of gave me the OK, I guess."
Now, Smoak and so many other veterans are gone. This Blue Jays team belongs, in every way, to the kids. Signing veteran pitchers like Hyun-Jin Ryu and Tanner Roark was done with their competitive window in mind, and the depth moves around them have been made with the goal of supporting or empowering the young core in Year 2.
That "veteran voice" will come from other places now, with more experienced pitchers in the rotation and players like Travis Shaw and Joe Panik joining the infield picture, but it's also the kids' turn. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will lead quietly and by example, something that should expand as the year goes on, but Bichette and Cavan Biggio have a particular balance of leadership styles up the middle.
"Biggio is more outspoken than Bo is," said manager Charlie Montoyo. "They both play the game the right way, which is beautiful, that's part of being a leader. But Biggio, in the clubhouse, he speaks more than Bo does. They are a little bit different when it comes to that, but when it comes to how they play, they're the same."
Bichette's all-effort style sets the attitude for this Blue Jays team, much like Josh Donaldson did at his peak in Toronto. Bichette will be the player that Blue Jays fans love, and rival fans love to hate. Biggio, like Montoyo says, has already been vocal when needed, whether it be in group settings or with individual teammates. Understanding these clubhouse dynamics so early in their career can be linked, fairly directly, to their MLB bloodlines. Sure, they were rookies in 2019, but they knew how this ecosystem operated.
The confidence required for these roles should show on the field, too, the organization expects. The biggest variable standing between the Blue Jays and a competitive season is the sophomore jump, or sophomore slump, of their young core.
This means different things for different players. For Guerrero, it means getting his body right and putting the ball in the air. For Bichette, it means adjusting to pitchers who now have a target on him as one of the game's best young offensive shortstops. Biggio, on the other hand, had the line of the day when asked about how he'll avoid a sophomore slump. Just like Bichette, he doesn't think this is all about the Blue Jays adjusting to the league. It's also about the league adjusting to them and their talent.
"Have you heard of the Madden Curse, too?" Biggio asked. "I think Patrick Mahomes didn't really care too much about that. I don't worry about those type of things. I just look forward to dominating each day and try to get better every day, and when games start, going out there and playing the hardest." (K Matheson - MLB.com - Feb 18, 2020)
Entering the 2020 season, Cavan is the team WAR leader for the Blue Jays at 2.9.
Biggio was second on the team in WAR his rookie year, behind only Marcus Stroman, who was traded to the Mets midseason. Despite playing for the Blue Jays for two years rather than Biggio’s one, Randal Grichuk is behind him at 2.7.(Will Leitch - Mar. 22, 2020)
April 17, 2020: Even as a rookie in 2019, Biggio quickly established himself as a leader in the Blue Jays' clubhouse, earning the respect of young players and veterans alike. Behind closed doors, Biggio has held teammates accountable and picked the right moments to make his voice heard, which can be a difficult balance. We often lump the Blue Jays’ three young stars together, but it’s interesting to see the group’s complementary roles emerging. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. may collect the home run crowns and Bo Bichette could very well be the face of the franchise, but it’s Biggio who will be looked to as the quiet leader who speaks for the team. It’s not hard to picture him with a lineup card in his hand down the road. K Matheson - MLB.com - April 17, 2020)
2020 Season: Baseball Reference had Biggio at a 1.7 WAR (best on the team for batters). FanGraphs at a 1.5 WAR (second best on the team).
He had a .355 wOBA and a 127 wRC+.
Cavan’s walk rate was 15.5% (down from 16.5 last year) and strikeout rate was 23.0% (down from 28.6).
His line drive was down (21.0% from 27.6), ground ball rate was up (38.2% from 25.4) and fly ball rate was down (40.8%, from 47.0). fewer of his fly balls left the park (12.5%, down from 14.7).
Soft contact was up a bit (13.2% from 12.4). Hard contact was down (31.4% from 39.5).
His BABIP was much the same as last year (.311, .309).
Biggio had big time reverse splits (.299/.460/.448 vs. LHP and .229/.333/.425 vs. RHP). In 2019, he had far more normal splits, so maybe he was a small sample size issue.
He was excellent with RISP (.326/.492/.522).
Biggio by month:
July: .200/.250/.400 with 2 home runs in 7 games.
August: .278/.412/474 with 4 home runs in 26 games.
Sept: .237/.372/.398 with 2 home runs in 26 games.
On defense, he played a number of positions:
–Second base: 281 innings. 3 errors, .977 FA. FanGraphs has him at a 4.6 UZR/150. Statcast outs above average had him at a -2.–Third base: 81 innings. 1 error, .964 FA. FanGraphs has him at a -13.4 UZR/150.–Outfield: 129 innings (3 in LF, 23 in CF, 129 in RF): He made 1 error, .968 FA. FanGraphs has him at a -17.0 UZR/150.
(Tom Dakers@bluebirdbanter-Oct 11, 2020)
Spring Training 2021: Cavan’s locker is a little more cluttered than his teammates’. He’s got a few training gloves, two gloves for second base, two for third, a first-base glove, some outfield gloves and more on the way.
Not that long ago, Biggio would be the outlier on the roster. Today he’s the norm, embodying the emphasis on positional versatility that’s swept baseball and been embraced by the Blue Jays from player development to the Major Leagues.Biggio comes by this naturally, too.
Growing up in the Astros' clubhouse where his father, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, played for 20 seasons, Cavan loved to grab a glove and shag fly balls in batting practice. Then, he’d go to his own games and play shortstop. By high school, he was at second base, and by the time he got to Notre Dame, he was a second baseman.
“It was something I’ve always been interested in, and it was the way I’ve grown up in this game,” Biggio said. "My dad came up as a catcher, went to second, won a couple of Gold Gloves, and then was asked to go play the outfield. He did it at the highest level for so long, and that’s been the mentality for me.”
When you see firsthand how this can benefit a Major League player, it’s easier to wrap your head around the value of positional versatility. Put simply, being a “utility man” no longer makes you a light-hitting backup. It allows managers to optimize lineups and, in some cases, gives a young player more paths to the big leagues. That’s when this really started to take off for Biggio, back in 2017. Biggio started 113 games at second that season in Class A Advanced, but Gil Kim, now the Blue Jays’ director of player development, approached him about playing more spots on the infield and giving the outfield a shot. “The reason behind this that he told me at the time was, ‘If you get to Triple-A or Double-A and we want to call you up, and we have a second baseman in the big leagues, it’s going to block you.’ The start of this was to give me more opportunities to move up through the system and, absolutely, I was all for it. “
Cavan will turn 26 in April, but he’s already a respected “veteran” in that clubhouse. He’s encouraged the club’s prospects to listen to the coaching staff and front office, focusing on the position they have in mind, but also their ideas for other options. Some days, that means doing infield drills then shagging fly balls through batting practice, but it’s worth it. Just as Biggio saw versatility work for players ahead of him, Toronto’s next wave is seeing it work for Biggio. (Matheson - mlb.com - 3/15/21)
May 8, 2021: Cavan Biggio homered in Houston for the first time in the Blue Jays' 8-4 win over the Astros. That put his dad, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, in a bit of an awkward spot.
Craig, who played 20 seasons with the Astros, has served as a special assistant to the general manager since 2008 and is justified in rooting for their success. But then again, how could he not be excited for his son homering in the park he spent years starring in?
As Cavan rounded the bases, Craig held a subtle grin. But he also shared some fist bumps with fans sitting near him.
“A couple fist bumps is a lot for him,” Cavan said postgame. “I want you guys to know that. He’s as stoic of a person as I’ve ever seen watching his kids -- whether it’s me, my brother or my sister. So a couple fist bumps mean he’s pretty excited right there.” And Cavan was plenty excited, too. After all, Minute Maid Park is where he spent a lot of afternoons and evenings watching baseball, cheering on dad and building his own big league dreams.
“Just being a kid, pretty much growing up here,” Cavan said. “It was pretty special to go deep here, especially with my family in the stands. I’ve sat in the seats for hundreds of games, watching my dad play. It’s a little reversed right now. It’s pretty cool to be able to do that in front of him, in his building.” (J Horrobin - MLB.com - May 9, 2021)
2021 Season: After enjoying a productive 2020 campaign, where the 26-year-old posted a 122 wRC+ score and a 1.3 fWAR rating over 265 plate appearances, Biggio was aiming to build off that success as he entered last season as the club’s everyday third baseman.
Sadly, nothing went according to plan for the 6’2″ versatile infielder, resulting in the worst statistical performance of his young major league career.
Adding to his disappointing 84 wRC+ score and -0.1 fWAR rating, staying on the field also proved to be extremely challenging throughout the 2021 campaign, as Biggio dealt with multiple nagging injuries all year long. Beginning in spring training, the left-hander missed a sizeable chunk of time due to a sprained finger on his right throwing hand.
Shortly after his finger healed, unfortunately, the former fifth-round selection reinjured it nearly a month later against the Kansas City Royals, which saw a hardly-hit ground ball bounce up and strike his right hand. Though this incident didn’t cause him to spend any time on the injured list, he probably would’ve been better off missing some time rather than attempting to play through this injury.
Making matters worse, along with grinding through his finger injury, Biggio was also quietly dealing with a neck strain early on in the schedule and attempted to play through it, too. As we all know by now, that strategy didn’t work out well as he recorded a miserable .205/.315/.315 slashing line and a 74 wRC+ score before being placed on the injured list in May.
With Biggio sidelined, that opened the door for teammates Joe Panik and Santiago Espinal to share the starting duties at third base. But after a brief time, it was Espinal who proved worthy of assuming a much larger role through the rest of the season.
Even after Biggio returned from the IL in June, it wasn’t long before he required another lengthy stint away from the team, this time due to a back strain and a UCL strain in his left elbow. As a result, the left-handed infielder largely missed the remainder of the campaign, failing to return for more than a pair of games at the start of October. (DECEMBER 28, 2021, 2:00 PM | THOMAS HALL)
- June 2016: The Blue Jays drafted Biggio in the 5th round, out of the University of Notre Dame. He signed for a $300,000 bonus via scout Jeff Johnson.
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Before 2018 Spring Training, Biggio went to work on the load and timing in his swing, lowering his hands in an attempt to help his bat stay on plane longer through the hitting zone. The mechanical adjustment helped him tap into his power more frequently in games, and he more than doubled his home run output from 2017.
His swing still has holes. He struck out 26 percent of the time in Double-A. But he’s also a patient hitter whose 100 walks ranked third in the minors in 2018. (Spring, 2019)
Cavan can flat out rake. He squares the ball up, making hard contact. He can hit for average, like his father was so accustomed to doing. But he also hits for power, leading his Dad to make another “Killer B” comparison.
“I’m not a big comparison guy,” Craig said. “I like for kids to be themselves. But the comparison with Baggie (Jeff Bagwell) and him is there. Jeff would walk a lot and then he would hit. The similarity is that Cavan will take a walk, but if you pitch to him, he’ll hit. For a young hitter, he’s very mature.”
A lefthanded hitter with a high-handed setup similar to fellow ex-Notre Dame infielder Craig Counsell. Biggio controls the strike zone well and is selective enough to grade out as a solid-average hitter. His best attribute is his batting eye, as he walked more than he struck out in his first pro year. He profiles best as a leadoff hitter, and while he's just an average runner at best, he is a savvy baserunner and base-stealer. (Spring 2017)
Cavan has a high hand set up, along with a lot of pre-swing movement from the left side. He has quick hips and quick hands, stays compact and is direct to the ball. He squares up everything hard and can drive the ball hard to left-center field, or he can pull it with some loft and power.
He is going to be a solid top-of-the-order hitter. His bat will carry him.
Biggio has a very advanced feel for hitting.
Cavan is a mature hitter. He will take a walk rather than chase bad pitches. He sees a lot of pitches and is very selective. He has a good understanding of the strike zone and doesn't expand the zone.
In 2018, the lefthanded-hitting Biggio focused on lowering his hands in his setup, and the payoff has been more power—a lot more. In the process, the 23-year-old Biggio created the type of launch-angle swing that’s all the rage these days and has ridden it to a breakout season at Double-A New Hampshire in 2018.
"I used to have my hands up towards the top of my head and I’d come down and be out of the zone a lot,” said Biggio, 23. “I lowered my hands as a pre-pitch thing, just to keep my bat path in the zone more, to increase my hard-hit percentage.
“I kept my natural finish, which is a high finish, higher than most people. So, with the lower starting point and higher finish, it created more of a launch angle.”
Biggio also altered the load to his swing to have more consistent timing at the plate.
"I was always just a touch-and-go guy my whole life, and I knew that I needed to get more consistent timing and starting point, besides my hands,” Biggio said. “I knew that getting a load backward into my swing at a consistent time would always get me on time for when I wanted to get ready to hit.
"I feel like now, I’m less forcing things,” he said. “I’m letting the pitch get to me versus me just stepping in and (thinking) go get it and trying to get the bat head out there.” (Shi Davidi - Baseball America - 9/7/2018)
May 26, 2019: Biggio became the 10th player in franchise history to record a three-hit game within his first three games in the Majors. The last player to do so was fellow Toronto rookie Rowdy Tellez, on September 6, 2018.
August 31, 2019: The 24-year-old Biggio will take his strikeouts along the way, but he’s a candidate to lead the Blue Jays in walks in the coming years. Biggio walked again, giving him nine over his last seven games. He’s now walked 55 times in just 78 games, which ranks him second on the Blue Jays, behind only Justin Smoak. And first among all AL rookies, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in second at 41.
There’s a fine balance between patience and aggression for Biggio, one that will be ever-changing, but he’s found the sweet spot for now. Biggio has been especially aware of how pitchers were treating him with two strikes compared to his time in the Minor Leagues. In Double-A or Triple-A, a two-strike count meant a heavy serving of sliders in the dirt that Biggio and his sharp eye could ignore. In the Big Leagues, pitchers have come right at him.
“The biggest thing I’ve been focusing on is being aggressive,” Biggio said. “When I’m aggressive, my timing is a lot better, and when my timing is a lot better, I see the ball a lot better. Even though I’m being more aggressive, my plate discipline is still there because I’m seeing the ball that much longer.”
September 17, 2019: Bulletined on the wall of Cavan’s childhood bedroom is a ticket stub from when his father hit for the cycle against the Rockies in 2002. But even as he looked up to that cherished trinket each night before going to bed, he couldn’t have dreamed into reality the history that unfolded at Camden Yards.
With mother Patty looking on in the stands, the younger Biggio’s ninth-inning triple amid an 8-5 Blue Jays win over the Orioles solidified the Biggios as just the second father-son duo to have hit for the cycle, joining the likes of Daryle and Gary Ward.
“I see so much of his dad when he plays,” said Patty, who made the trip to Baltimore for some mother-son time.
“This whole year has been hard to put into words, and for your son to hit for the cycle in his first year in the Big Leagues—and his mom drove down there to watch him play—makes it even more special,” added Craig, now a special advisor to Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, from his home in Houston.
When Cavan made his MLB debut in 2019, one of the first challenges he faced was finding the balance between patience and aggression.
With an advanced plate approach, Biggio leaned first towards patience. Pitchers catch on quickly in the Majors though, and knowing that Biggio was happy to take some pitches early, they started filling up the zone against him.
Now, in his second season and cemented as the long-term leadoff hitter atop a young Blue Jays lineup, he seems to have found his sweet spot. “You go through your first year in the big leagues and you learn a lot about yourself, just from the other teams making a lot of adjustments against you throughout the season,” Biggio said. “When I found the most success was when I was the most aggressive. In 2020, that’s been a big thing for me, to keep that going, being aggressive.”
Biggio isn’t the contact-first speedster that comes to mind when you think of a traditional leadoff hitter, but that role has evolved so much. Biggio will strike out and hit for power, with six home runs already in 2020, which are traits that fall well outside of the traditional definition of a leadoff hitter. But his on-base potential might just be the best on Toronto's roster.
“As a hitter profile, I get on base a lot. I see a lot of pitches, so that’s usually what you want as a leadoff hitter,” Biggio said. (Matheson - mlb.com - 8/19/2020)
Sept. 13, 2020: Cavan Biggio walked his way into the Blue Jays record books, drawing the 100th free pass of his young career.
Over parts of the last two seasons, Cavan Biggio has appeared in 145 games for the Blue Jays making his MLB debut last May. The 25-year old worked his 100th career walk versus the Mets, making him the fastest player in franchise history to accumulate 100 walks.
The previous record was held by Fred McGriff who drew 100 walks in 182 games to begin his career north of the border. The Crime Dog would end up with 1,305 walks over his 19-year MLB career.
To add to the accomplishment, there are only eight players in MLB history who have drawn 100 walks at a quicker clip than Biggio. The sophomore has a proven keen eye at the plate and a willingness to work the count and take a free pass for the betterment of the team. (Clayton Richer)
- As of the start of the 2021 season, Cavan's career Major League stats were a .240 batting average, 24 home runs and 138 hits with 76 RBI in 574 at-bats.
- May 8, 2021: Cavan Biggio grew up at Minute Maid Park, watching his father, Craig, wrap up his Hall of Fame career with the Houston Astros.
On Saturday night, it was Craig Biggio who watched as his son hit his first homer at the ballpark where he made so many memories to help the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-4 win over the Astros.
"I've sat in the seats for hundreds of games watching my dad play and now it's a little reversed," he said. "It's pretty cool to be able to do that in front of him in his building."
Will Cavan Biggio ever forget this night?
"Never," he said.
Cavan's fringy athleticism limits his defensive upside. He is limited to second base or perhaps left field, but he has the savvy to maximize his tools. He turns the double play quickly at second base with an average arm, but he’s still working to soften his hands and improve his footwork and range.
Biggio has spent time at third base, first base and the outfield as well. He should develop into an average regular, whether it be at second base or as an offensive-minded utility man.
Adding the ability to play the outfield, primarily right field in the AFL, creates more options for both him and the organization.
“I always knew I could move out to other positions and help the team win,” said Biggio, the son of Craig Biggio. “Getting to the big leagues has been the goal since Day One when I saw my dad doing it as a young kid . . . It’s all pretty positive. It’s all pretty exciting.
“You have a lot more time than you do in the infield,” he said. “In the outfield . . . you don’t have to be perfect to get that hard-hit ball three steps to your left. Communicating with the center fielder is a big thing I’ve noticed and not trying to rush everything to the infield, because then things can spiral out of control.” (Shi Davidi - Baseball America - 1/4/2019)
Cavan does not have his Dad's wheels. He gets from home to first in a fair 4.4 seconds. And in 2012, he was timed at 7.0 in the 60-yard-dash.
But he's considered an average runner, especially considering what an intelligent and instinctive player he is.
- In 2019 with the Blue Jays, he stole 14 bases without getting caught once.
March 2019: Cavan's life flashed before his eyes when he was involved in a car accident that caused a lot of damage to his vehicle but did not result in any injuries. Biggio's truck was totaled after it slammed into a brick wall to avoid hitting the car of a woman who reportedly drove through a yield sign.
The incident happened minutes after Biggio left Dunedin Stadium following a 9-7 victory over the Phillies. Biggio was later sent to the hospital with Blue Jays head athletic trainer Nikki Huffman to undergo further evaluations. Biggio has a sore back and neck, but no structural damage. And he has since passed all of his concussion tests.
It was a scary incident, but Cavan appears to have avoided any major injuries and is expected to make his return to the Toronto lineup after taking several days off.
April 16, 2021: Biggio seems to have avoided a more serious injury after leaving the game against the Royals with right hand pain.
May 22-June 11, 2021: Cavan was on the IL with cervical spine ligament sprain. In simpler terms, this is a neck sprain, and Biggio has been playing through this discomfort for some time now.
“It’s nagging,” said manager Charlie Montoyo. “He gets loose, then he’s fine, but then the more he plays, it gets too uncomfortable and it gets tough to swing the bat. He was fine when he pinch-hit, but during the night it got tight again. He’s been playing like that. That’s what I love about this kid. Not many people do that anymore.”
Aug 3-Sept 28, 2021: Biggio was placed on the IL with a neck/back issue.
April 25, 2022: Cavan was on the Covid-19 IL.
May 10, 2022: Biggio doubled on the second pitch he saw in his rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays' utility man has been sidelined since late April after going into MLB's COVID protocols.