Player: Cavan Biggio
Drafted by: Philadelphia Phillies (No. 871 overall)
DOB: 4/11/1995 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6’2”/180 lbs.
School: St. Thomas HS (Texas)
College Commitment: Notre Dame
The son of should-be Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who collected 3,060 hits over his 20-year career with the Houston Astros, Cavan has been a known commodity on the scouting scene for several years. However, the left-handed hitter’s draft stock didn’t take off until last summer, when he raked on the showcase circuit and turned in a strong performance for the Team USA 18U National Team.
It should come as no surprise that Biggio is one of the better prep hitters in this year’s class. Beyond the outstanding bloodline, Craig—who is also his high school coach—has been there to guide him every step of the way. Although he doesn’t possess the same amount of athleticism and tools as his father, Cavan has already drawn glowing reviews both for his bat and plate discipline, as well as his outstanding makeup.
The only thing preventing the youngster from being selected in the first round is his lack of a true defensive position; he’s serviceable at second and third base but currently lacks the speed and range to project at either spot long term. That being said, his advanced approach and promising hit tool will likely warrant consideration from several teams as a sandwich pick, but it’s more likely he’ll come off the board just beyond the first round. However, considering his strong commitment to Notre Dame—where his brother is currently a sophomore infielder—Biggio may be a tough sign if he’s not selected in the early rounds.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Smooth, balanced left-handed swing; advanced bat-to-ball ability; potential above-average hit tool; quick wrists; already exhibits barrel control and keeps it in the strike zone for an extended period of time; hits good pitching; feel for using the entire field; gets good extension after contact; ceiling tied to development of his bat; advanced approach for his age; controls the strike zone.
Below-average power; plenty of room to grow into his 6’2”, 180-pound frame; should add considerable strength over the last year; present gap power; some pop to the pull side; average power potential at maturity.
Below-average runner but not a baseclogger; may add a some speed as he gets stronger; compensates for average quickness with good instincts.
Lacks true position; played mostly third base as an amateur; decent actions but lacks the quick feet and lateral range to profile there long term; solid glove and hands; could be developed as a second baseman; potential average defender at keystone; development of bat may influence future position; last resort move would be to left field.
Below-average arm strength hurts his chances of sticking at third base; has some length to his arm stroke; clean release; should be serviceable as a second baseman.
MLB Player Comparison: Todd Walker
Projection: Everyday second baseman on a second-division team.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 40%