2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Cavan Biggio

By: Burke Granger

Cavan Biggio – 2B – Notre Dame.  6’1″ 203.  Bats: L.  Throws: R.  DOB: April 11, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Philadelphia Phillies – 29th Round).

SCOUTED:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016. Game 1.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016.  Game 2.

Yes, this is the part of the report when I’m obliged to tell you that Cavan is the son Craig Biggio.  You may have heard of him.  The elder Biggio collected over 3,000 hits over a 20 year Major League career that culminated with his Hall of Fame induction in 2015.

After staring at St. Thomas High School in Houston where he was coached by his father, Cavan Biggio was ranked as the 67th best prospect in the 2013 draft by Baseball America.  Sliding to the Phillies in the 29th round, Biggio chose not to sign and followed through on his commitment to Notre Dame.

Biggio started contributing right away for the Fighting Irish, playing in every game as a freshman and leading the team in walks (21) and runs scored (29).  As a sophomore Biggio was a weapon on multiple fronts for Notre Dame, leading the team in home runs (9), on base percentage (.406) and stolen bases (14), while winning a Rawlings Gold Glove at second base.

Following his sophomore campaign, Biggio played for the Harwick Mariners in the Cape Cod League where he again showed off his on-base skills, leading the league in walks (31) and posting a .425 OBP.

Now in his draft season, Biggio entered the year ranked as the 79th best college prospect by Baseball America, while landing at 85th on D1Baseball’s list respectively.  D1Baseball recently released their updated mid-year list and Biggio had risen to 62nd following a solid first half.

*Stats as of June 7, 2016.

YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2014
.246
.329
.353
10
2
2
16
21
32
5/7
2015
.258
.406
.462
12
3
9
26
50
54
14/16
2016
.311
.473
.454
12
2
4
28
54
32
14/14

It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they have.  I do, however, go to games to see these guys play live and talk to scouts.  While those scouts must reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

HITTING:  While I tend not to care about what a player does before he starts his swing, it’s hard to ignore Biggio’s exaggerated bat wiggle.  He does, however, lower his hands to a load position in plenty of time and he’s short and quick to the ball without a hitch in his swing.  Biggio shows great strike zone recognition and a propensity for taking walks.

POWER:  Biggio has some natural loft to his swing and uses a strong lower half to generate gap to gap power.  Biggio does a good job of barreling the ball and has the potential to develop average power.

SPEED: An above average runner, I had Biggio at 4.1 to 1st base on two occasions.  This type of speed will make him the an occasional threat on the base baths and will be easily playable at whatever defensive position he calls home.

ARM:  From the infield, the arm is playable at 2nd, but it could also profile in left field.

DEFENSE:  Biggio displays soft hands and sound footwork around the bag making all the plays he’s supposed to make.

FUTURE:  Biggio has the pedigree, track record and talent to garner attention.  Biggio doesn’t do anything poorly but he doesn’t have a stand out tool either.  I view him as a 3th-5th round talent with a chance to become an MLB regular.

 

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