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Draft Focus: Cavan Biggio

Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
David Rawnsley        
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013

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Cavan Biggio Perfect Game profile

Position:  3B
Height:  6-2
Weight:  180
Bats/Throws:  L-R
Birthdate:  April 11, 1995
High School:  St. Thomas
City, State:  Houston, Texas
Travel Team:  Houston Heat
Commitment:  Notre Dame
Projected Draft Round:  1S-2

I had the of pleasure of working with the Houston Astros for over eight years, the eight years that coincided with the start of Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame worthy career. I have some very distinct memories from watching Biggio play that often, memories that are a bit different maybe from what a typical fan might think about.

• No one in the history of baseball, not even Pete Rose, has ever run harder to first base on every ground ball than Craig Biggio. He was right about 4.05 per second every time. In 1997 he grounded into zero double plays in 744 plate appearances. If the inventors of the game had decided that the base paths would be 89 feet, Biggio would have batted .500 some year. He was always out by a half step on routine ground balls.

• No player of consequence has ever hit shorter home runs that Biggio, who totaled 291 bombs (more like hand grenades) in his career. He hit most his home runs down the left field line and a ball that reached the third row of the bleachers was a titanic blast. No early home run trots for Biggio, not that he wouldn’t be busting it to first base anyway.

• When Biggio transitioned to second base in 1992 (after being an All-Star catcher in 1991), I watched he and Astros coach Matt Galante, who was close to peerless with a fungo bat, show up to the Astrodome early in afternoon before a night game. Galante went back and forth between the left field corner and right field corner hitting “tag throws” to Biggio at second base emulating what would happen on potential doubles down the line so he could work on his footwork and tags. It probably went on for an hour. The attention to detail (not to mention Galante’s ability with the fungo) was incredible and defines what being a Major League player is about.

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