I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Already filled with Hall of Fame genes as the son of former Houston Astros great Craig, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio has quickly become a fantasy baseball darling after posting HR/SB totals of 16/14 and 8/6 during his first two seasons in the majors as a much-hyped prospect. What also has been very impressive with Biggio has been his uncanny patience for a young player as his BB/9 rates of 16.5 and 15.5 are as good as it gets which really elevated him in leagues that use OBP. So it appears on paper as we move to the 2021 fantasy baseball season that Biggio should be front and center as an early round draft pick and that makes sense given the power/speed game as a whole. That being said, there are still some issues with Biggio which tempers the enthusiasm just a bit and for him this centers on his ugly .234 and .250 batting averages his first MLB seasons and this was the concern about him when he made the journey from the minors to the majors in 2019. The question is whether Biggio can make gains there this season and if so, how high he could elevate his numbers across a full season.
As far as the average is concerned, Biggo's very high walk rates should be a major boost to making gains in that category but the offset is that he has been a high strikeout guy going back to his minor league days. That followed Biggio to the Jays as his 28.6 K/9 was hideous as a rookie but in his defense, that number dipped some to a much more acceptable 23.0 a year ago. Considering that Biggio is only 25, is stands to reason he can still make gains there as he further develops this season. As noted earlier, the high walks rate is one big boost to helping that number and if Biggio can curb the K's even a little more towards the 20.0 range, his overall value could really explode given the fact he can be a 20/20 guy easy if MLB gets a full season in. So with all that said, Biggio is a guy we would target heavily in the third round this season as we feel confident he can curb the K's even more and since the batting average would rise in response, this combined with the power/speed game could quickly turn him to one of the best overall players in the game.
2021 PROJECTION: .267 22 HR 65 RBI 88 R 19 SB