Cavan Biggio Stuff of Legends or Just Son of Legend
It’s fair to say that when Cavan Biggio is brought up he isn’t exactly the first Biggio that takes over the thought. Yes, by now everyones aware he’s the son of 1 of the all time greats in Craig Biggio. But does Cavan have the stuff to be a successful MLBer or will he succumb to the pressures as have other sons of big time Major Leaguers.
I know when speaking for myself, Biggio is 1 of the most advanced bats in the class and I say that with full confidence. He has a very solid approach at the plate, He’s the cliche phrase “The guys a tough out” and he really emphasizes on the tough part. While his pretty apparent bat waggle does turn away some scouts there’s no question once the bat is swinging everyone is impressed. He has a fair share of power as well I believe hitting either 8 or 9 HR in the HR derby at the Scout Workout for the PG All American. In game he doesn’t do too much he just takes what he’s given and usually drives it to the gap for a nice hit.
On Defense some say he’ll stick at 2B some like him at 3B or possibly RF. The question being does he have enough power for the corner.My opinion would be he’s on the fringe side of yes. I could foresee a good 15-20HR for him comfortably with a bit more in peak seasons. Another question was does he possibly have the speed for a CF situation. He’s a 7.0 runner so I’m going to air on the side of no. But that shouldn’t be a problem as he has the arm strength and range to handle 2B sufficently if not only by allowing his instincts to carry him. In realistic approach terms though regardless of the position your buying on this kid for the special bat.
As for what I think he’s producing at the next level I see average to above average power with the chance to compete for batting titles. The kids as heady and instinctual of a player as your going to find being coached by his dad during his High School career. Come Draft time he does have 1st round potential but as of late the popular belief seems to be he’ll go a tad lower then that more likely a sandwich pick. I’d really be comfortable taking him anywhere from 15 on. 2B at the MLB level are a rare breed who can produce at top notch offensive levels. Looking at the state of the Minor Leagues there’s 1 maybe 2 2B who are on top100 lists and things of that sort, So landing a good one of this kind’ve offensive caliber might be a wise decision.
The important point and really the idea for the post is that with any name of this sort whether it be Cavan or Kacy Clemens or Billy Ripken last year, You have to keep in mind that their parents were incredibly gifted players and just because there from the same gene pool and offsprings of those legends doesn’t neccisarily mean those god given gifts have carried along with the other DNA imprints(I’m no science major so please applaud that last sentence). If people keep in mind that Cavan is Cavan and not Craig and temper their expectations to that extent then things should be fine. He’s a High School player that I could see rising quickly. Should Draft Day not be up to snuff for this kid then he’s also commited to play at Notre Dame with his older Brother. Which is somewhat of a surprising decision considering he was a UVA commit going into this process.