2021 will be Cavan Biggio's third season in the bigs, kind of. 2019 was a 100 game debut, and 2020 was obviously a shortened year, given Covid. He's played 159 games, totalling just shy of 700 plate appearances, the equivalent of a single, full, normal season. One season doesn't exactly tell us a whole lot about a hitter!
Granted, those 700-ish PA's have been pretty good for the most part. Among qualified hitters since the start of the 2019 season, Biggio ranks tied for 7th in walk-rate, behind names like Trout and Soto, and ahead of some pretty good hitters like Freeman, Votto, Yelich and Donaldson. He ranks 7th in Fangraphs-WAR among 2nd basemen (sidenote- that list of 2B includes Max Muncy, who played just 82 innings at 2B this year, as well as Whit Merrifield who played 92; Biggio himself plays a few different positions obviously) with 4.0, and he's closer to 5 for B-Ref. He's a quality baserunner, even beyond the 20 SB/0 CS ratio, which is excellent for someone who walks so often and is at the top of the order.
Now I realize that I'm kind of cherry-picking complaints here a bit, but I like Keith Law. I quite enjoy board games, and food, and baseball, and Keith is fairly well-versed in all of that stuff, so I read his stuff a lot. Keith REALLY doesn't think Biggio is good. He's been vocal about it, and when Biggio does good stuff, Jays fans are quick to shit on Law on twitter or in his chats or wherever else they can find him. To wit, in no particular order:
lucas: Will Cavan Biggio ever hit enough to be a regular? The sky high walk rates make me believe he at least has a good approach at the plate?
Keith Law: No, I don’t think he will.
So yeah, he doesn't like Biggio. But Biggio's been good! What should we believe?!? Is there something he's seeing that we're not?
I think the obvious factor that we'd need to look at is whether or not he's good at stuff aside from drawing walks. He's not a great defender, but he's at least competent and can play multiple positions without creating panic (sample size!). He doesn't hit the ball particularly hard, per statcast, and the walks are at least somewhat cancelled out by the strikeouts.