For only the third time in Toronto Blue Jays history, a player has hit for the cycle as Cavan Biggio showed why there’s hope for better things going forward.
In a season that has not brought a lot of team success, it has allowed Toronto Blue Jays fans to really appreciate the accomplishments the young players are achieving.
While a game against the Baltimore Orioles doesn’t bring a lot of excitement especially with the Blue Jays abysmal 60-91 record but Cavan Biggio gave enough reason to forget about that for a moment.
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The 24-year-old became just the third player in franchise history to hit for the cycle against the Orioles hitting a triple in the ninth inning to reach the rare accomplishment. Jeff Frye was the last player to do it back in 2001 after Kelly Gruber became the first in 1989.
When you consider all the hype surrounding Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Bo Bichette, we tend to forget how impressive Biggio has been this season. While the Houston native isn’t hitting for an impressive average (.230) he is doing enough in other areas to make him worthy of being a vital part of this core.
He has 14 home runs, 42 RBI and 13 stolen bases to go along with an .361 OBP % and a .425 SLG %. That’s not something to just brush away because he has displayed some impressive power and discipline at the plate.
Of course, there will continue to be growing pains in his game especially defensively but those are things you want him to go through now so that it doesn’t become an issue down the road.
After the game, manager Charlie Montoyo even made sure to point out what has led to Biggio’s turnaround offensively after having to make adjustments.
"“He came into the league … and then the league made an adjustment on him,” Montoyo said to MLB.com. “He needed to be aggressive again, and that’s what he’s doing right now.”"
It certainly helps that Biggio is getting the opportunity to play frequently which would not be possible if the Blue Jays did not make trades to make room for him to be an everyday major leaguer.
Regardless of what you think about the Blue Jays chances to become a contender down the road, you can’t argue against what they have been able to produce in terms of development. A core of Vlad Jr., Biggio and Bichette is one that should be able to elevate the team but we know there are other areas that need to be addressed.
What did you think about Biggio’s historic day at the plate? Can he continue to improve as he gets more experience? Let us know in the comments below.