Thursday, April 21, 2005

Robinson Cano Report

Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Dominican Republic
Bats L/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 175 lbs

As if there needed to be more, Cano is another reason why the Yankees throwing a 2 year contract at Tony Womack was short-sighted, reactionary, and suffering from faulty logic. At his best, Womack is only adequate as a middle infielder. That contract is going to look ridiculous come the end of 2005.

Cano is a fairly promising young second baseman, with some flashes of power, and pretty good defense. He's just starting to learn how to control the strike zone and he has been reported as a strict platoon hitter.

2004 Trenton: .301/.356/.497, 20 2B, 8 3B, 7 HR, 24 BB, 40 K, 292 AB
2004 Columbus: .259/.316/.403, 9 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 18 BB, 27 K, 216 AB
pre-2005 mL Career: .273/.327/.415, 93 2B, 26 3B, 37 HR, 129 BB, 247 K, 1807 AB

Like I said, he has some hints of power to come and improving walk rates. If this continues, he might find himself starting in the major leagues. Whether he starts for the Yankees is up for debate. As they've completely gone to the mercenary approach where they view their farm system as a source of tradeable assets instead of a way to bolster their roster while controlling costs. They don't trust young players, and aren't interested in giving their own prospects a chance to win a job. It's one of the reasons why their payroll outstrips the amount of talent they have on hand. Cano isn't a great player in the waiting, but he looks like he could be a competent major leaguer sometime soon and I'll be shocked if they even notice. The upside is something on the order of Todd Walker, if he doesn't continue to develop, he's Marco Scutaro without the defensive versatility.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
3 Stars

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