Cavan Biggio

Cavan Biggio

27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
We are now nearly 1300 plate appearances into Biggio's big league career, and we need to accept that it is never going to happen for him in Toronto. He has made a career out of a very patient approach at the plate - some could argue even too patient. Perhaps he recognizes a walk is his best chance to reach base as his .228 batting average is the lowest batting average for all players with at least 1000 plate appearances in their career which has at least a .345 OBP in the past 30 years. Toronto has given him plenty of chances, but the tools siply have not translated into results. He has dual-eligibility on draft day, but he desperately needs a change of scenery if any fantasy value is to come from him as the curse of expectations, multiplied by an infamous last name, has been tough to shake in Toronto. There is a chance he becomes more than a one-trick pony in OBP league formats with a fresh start for a non-contender. Oakland; what are you waiting for? Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.12 million contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2022.
Resting Saturday
3BToronto Blue Jays
September 24, 2022
Biggio isn't starting Saturday against Tampa Bay.
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Although the Blue Jays are facing a right-hander (Drew Rasmussen) during Saturday's matchup, Biggio will retreat to the bench once again. Whit Merrifield is starting at second base and appears to be the preferred option at the keystone while Santiago Espinal (oblique) is sidelined.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
5
8
7
7
39
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .691 202 22 2 20 4 .229 .353 .337
Since 2020vs Right .722 653 89 19 59 7 .224 .331 .391
2022vs Left .546 48 5 1 6 0 .150 .271 .275
2022vs Right .691 255 38 5 18 2 .212 .327 .364
2021vs Left .540 70 2 0 5 2 .200 .290 .250
2021vs Right .721 223 25 7 22 1 .232 .332 .389
2020vs Left .907 84 15 1 9 2 .303 .452 .455
2020vs Right .768 175 26 7 19 4 .232 .337 .430
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .694 375 45 7 29 4 .218 .336 .358
Since 2020Away .731 480 66 14 50 7 .230 .337 .395
2022Home .607 134 14 1 7 0 .177 .306 .301
2022Away .716 169 29 5 17 2 .222 .327 .389
2021Home .666 128 11 3 12 1 .227 .320 .345
2021Away .687 165 16 4 15 2 .221 .323 .364
2020Home .830 113 20 3 10 3 .258 .389 .441
2020Away .798 146 21 5 18 3 .250 .363 .435
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Stat Review
How does Cavan Biggio compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
28.1%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.202
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.350
 
OPS
.668
 
wOBA
.303
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.6%
 
Barrels/PA
4.0%
 
Expected BA
.193
 
Expected SLG
.319
 
Sprint Speed
24.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
35.5%
 
Line Drive %
20.9%
 
Fly Ball %
43.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Biggio was among the biggest fantasy busts in the middle rounds last year. The Toronto Star noted last spring that Biggio was a candidate to be adversely affected by a new baseball given he had the eighth-lowest average flyball distance on his homers the year prior. Whether or not the baseball was directly correlated, Biggio lost 2.5 percentage points off his HR/FB and nearly 80 points off his slugging percentage last season. He was banged up throughout the campaign, making multiple trips to the injured list with a cervical spine ligament sprain and later dealing with a UCL sprain. He's a patience hitter as evidenced by his career 15.1 BB%, although he could probably stand to be more aggressive within the strike zone. The son of a Hall of Famer, Biggio is 23-for-24 on the basepaths in the big leagues, but there is only modest thump here around the strikeouts.
Biggio showed that he's not to be overlooked in Toronto. He led the Buffalo Blue Jays in OBP and remained perfect on steal attempts, going 6-for-6 to make him 20-for-20 so far in his big-league career. Just entering his age-26 season, Biggio is already one of the most patient hitters in baseball as evidenced by the lowest O-Swing% among qualifiers in 2020. His overall Swing% was third lowest and his 15.5 BB% ranked 12th in MLB. A case can be made that he was a little too patient in 2020 as his Meatball Swing% was nearly three percentage points below league average. He would be wise to hunt some pitches earlier in counts if he wants to sustain the rate power from last season -- it seems unsustainable right now with his underwhelming batted-ball metrics. Helping his case is three-position eligibility (2B, 3B, OF) in leagues with a 10-game minimum for 2021, as well as his projected spot atop the Toronto order.
One of the Blue Jays' top prospects, Biggio received the callup to the big leagues in late May and was eased into the starting role at second base, starting 84 games at the position. He also started eight games in the outfield, four at DH and two at first base. Overall it was a solid rookie campaign as he posted a .234/.364/.429 slash line with 16 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He continued the trend of a high-strikeout rate from the minors (28.6%), but he also had a 16.5 BB%, which would have been top five in MLB among qualified hitters had Biggo logged enough plate appearances to qualify. Biggio's sophomore campaign should see him in an everyday role in Toronto, and his quality rookie campaign and 20-20-plus potential make him an appealing fantasy asset, even more so if he can reduce the strikeouts.
Biggio is a legitimate major-league prospect, though he's kind of the third wheel in the trio of well-known, second-generation prospects within the Blue Jays' farm system (behind Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette). The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Cavan hit 26 homers and stole 20 bases at Double-A New Hampshire last season. The latter total led the Eastern League and he also led the league (by a mile) with 100 walks. However, Biggio struck out 148 times (26.3 K%) as a 23-year-old, which raises questions about his ability to hit major-league pitching. Complicating matters is the fact that the the Blue Jays had Biggio work primarily in the outfield corners during the Arizona Fall League, and if they prefer him out there, it will put more pressure on his bat in the years ahead. It's possible Biggio ultimately breaks into the majors in a utility role.
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Not starting Friday
3BToronto Blue Jays
September 23, 2022
Biggio isn't in the lineup Friday against the Rays.
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Back on bench Wednesday
3BToronto Blue Jays
September 7, 2022
Biggio is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
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Fills in for banged-up Espinal
3BToronto Blue Jays
September 4, 2022
Biggio will start at second base and bat sixth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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Sits after four straight starts
3BToronto Blue Jays
August 10, 2022
Biggio is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
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Swats third homer
3BToronto Blue Jays
August 9, 2022
Biggio went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Orioles.
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