Biggio got the start in center field during Saturday's Grapefruit League game, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. While the 24-year-old is still locked in as the Jays' starting second baseman, Biggio could find himself seeing occasional action in center or at first base depending on who else is resting or slotted in at DH during any particular game. While this might eventually result in extra position eligibility down the road in fantasy leagues with lower qualification thresholds, the most important takeaway is that manager Charlie Montoya sees Biggio as a player he needs to keep in the lineup as much as possible.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Sunday that he envisions Biggio serving as the team's No. 2 hitter this season, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. The lefty-hitting Biggio could eventually move down in the order against southpaws, but he'll likely be given a full-time look out of the two hole -- in between Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. -- at least to begin the season after he slashed a credible .237/.368/.373 (104 wRC+) in 145 plate appearances versus same-handed pitching in 2019. Biggio supplied 16 home runs and 14 steals in just 100 games with Toronto as a rookie and could push for a 20-20 season if he gets 600 plate appearances in 2020.
Biggio went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, three walks and an additional run Monday in the Blue Jays' 11-10 win over the Orioles in 15 innings. The rookie extended his hitting streak to a career-best seven games, lifting his season average from .221 to .237 during that stretch. Biggio's 28.4 percent strikeout rate will make it difficult for him to uphold a useful batting average, but his blend of power and speed and willingness to work pitch counts and take walks make him an ideal fit near the top of the Toronto lineup.
Biggio went 4-for-5, hitting for the cycle with four RBI, three runs and two steals in an 8-5 victory against the Orioles on Tuesday. What an incredible game from Biggio. It was his fourth multi-hit performance in his last five games, but he also went deep and swiped two bases. This was also his first game with multiple RBI since Aug. 31. Biggio is now batting .230 with 14 home runs, 42 RBI, 58 runs and 13 steals in 313 at-bats this season.
Biggio is not in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. He is hitting .290/.450/.516 with one home run and two steals in nine games this month. Brandon Drury gets the start at second base and will hit seventh.