Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is gone to Toronto and now the other member of the Buffalo Bisons with Hall of Fame lineage is off to the big leagues as well.
Infielder Cavan Biggio, son of former Houston Astros standout Craig Biggio, is being recalled by the Blue Jays to make his major-league debut Friday night in Rogers Centre against the San Diego Padres.
In addition to Biggio's departure, the Blue Jays are also recalling utility man Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Outfielder Billy McKinney and infielder Richard Urena will be returning to Buffalo in their place. Sportsnet reporter Shi Davidi was the first to report the moves.
Biggio, 24, batted .307 in 42 games for the Bisons this season with six homers and 26 RBIs. He had a red-hot start to the season by batting .372-5-15 in April but has cooled off considerably in May (.246-1-11). He had a .625 slugging percentage and 1.120 on-base plus slugging rate in April but those numbers dropped in May to just .369/.757.
Gurriel hit .273-4-26 in 30 games for the Herd this season after batting just .175 in his stint with the Blue Jays. He hit .293 in 37 games for Buffalo last year and batted .281-11-35 in 65 games in Toronto.
Both players are natural infielders, but Gurriel was returned to Buffalo this month to work on his throwing after struggling on routine throws from second base. They have each spent time in the outfield with the Bisons in preparation to play multiple positions in the big leagues.
Gurriel was 1 for 4 and Biggio was 1 for 3 in Thursday's 4-3 win at Rochester. Each drew a walk in the ninth inning and Gurriel scored as part of Andy Burns' two-run single that snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Bisons the win for the second time in the three-game series. Buffalo improved to 18-24 and has pulled within five games of the lead in the International League North by going 12-10 after a 6-14 start.
The Bisons open a four-game series Friday night at Lehigh Valley. They return home Tuesday night to open a three-game set against Syracuse in Sahlen Field.