Yesterday marked the next step in the Biggio family lineage: Cavan Biggio makes his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight against the San Diego Padres. This seems like a long time coming for the 2016 5th rounder. Hitting .307 in AAA Buffalo with 6 home runs, 26 RBI, 5 SB with more walks (34) than strikeouts (28) has led to his call up and I want to take a look at what we can hope to expect in the big leagues with what his father Craig achieved.
As we all know, Craig Biggio was the first Hall of Fame player for the Houston Astros to play his entire career with Houston. The Hall of Famer had 7 All-Star appearances (with 5 straight), 4 Golden Glove awards, 5 Silver Sluggers, and the 2005 National League championship to go to his name. Career average of .281 with 3060 hits, 291 home runs, 1175 RBI, 414 stolen bases, and 1160 walks you can see how he ended up in the Hall of Fame and his number 7 retired. Before we even start, I am not going to put Hall of Fame-level expectations on Cavan because of Craig. That would be completely unfair to him as he starts his career with Toronto. But regardless of what happens tonight, the Blue Jays need to let him go through the trials of a rookie season and get the chemistry building with Vladimir Guerrero Jr as their young future core. You learn by being exposed to the elements of your field. Move him around, use him as a Marwin Gonzales-type utility man. Find where he is comfortable for himself and for the staff. Craig Biggio’s MLB debut in 1988 wasn’t the most spectacular going 0-2 with a walk and a run, so don’t put too much pressure of this kid. Hopefully, he has a good career like his father because it’s never enjoyable to watch someone fail in their profession especially sports where we get emotionally invested in these kid’s careers and lives.
Ultimately, Cavan’s debut went somewhat similarly to Craig’s but never ended up on base going 0-3 with two strikeouts. Baseball is the ultimate marathon. One game won’t make or break his entire season, debuts don’t always go as perfectly planned or disastrously bad. As long as the Blue Jays are patient with his development, we could be in for a grand career from Cavan Biggio.