He can get on base in a variety of ways
He can field second base with the best of them
He and Derek Jeter are the best double play team in the bigs
And Robinson Cano has developed into a legitimate power threat
The Bronx Bombers are exactly that… a group of dudes who where pinstripes and go yard a lot. I mean, this year, the Yankees have six guys with at least 20 homers on the season. Teixeira, Damon, Matsui, Swisher, Cano, and Rodriguez. This is a Major League best and it just shows how the Yankees play the game of baseball. Now, I know everyone will speculate that the reason the Yankees have so many home runs is because of that right field fence. But the dimensions are the same from the old stadium. It is really no different than the old stadium but because of the power surge, people are thinking that the right field fence is the reason so many baseballs have left the playing field in Yankee Stadium.
Cano has evolved as a very good second baseman that can play the field and can hit in a variety of ways. He can hit for power and go yard, or he can get on base with a single of maybe a double down the line or in the gap. Cano has really developed into a good hitter who can take his pitches and get on base by way of the walk. This is a really powerful thing when a batter can take pitches and allow the opposing pitcher to walk him. It’s a free base and it requires nio work on behalf of the batter. Most of you who read my blog a lot would know by now that I hate walks with a passion. But that is only if the Yankees’ pitchers walk opposing batters. If Yankee batters are the ones being walked, I love the walk. Check out how good they are here:
Since Cano has been up in the big leagues, he has partnered with Derek Jeter to become one of the best double play teams in the Major Leagues. Derek Jeter has been doing it for years and now Cano has made this duo a great thing to watch. It really is amazing how quickly and accurately these two guys turn two. Jeter does a great job of getting to the ball. He really takes advantage of his range at short. He gets the ball to Cano pretty quickly and then Cano, who is the most important part of this duo, catches the ball and basically misdirects it towards first. It is that fast. I’m almost 100% sure that Cano is the fastest double play turner in the Majors. I’ve never seen anyone even close to it. It’s amazing.
Cano doesn’t have a ton of speed but he runs the basepaths like a true professional. You rarely see him make a mistake on the paths; he always knows when to go and when to hold up. He does have some speed and will use it if he really needs to get to the next base. You won’t go to a Yankees game and expect to see Cano attempt to steal second. It’s just not something the Yankees try to do with Cano. It’s alright since the Yankees aren’t a running team. They rely on power and just pure hitting. And they can get away with it too since they have the talent to do it.
I have begun to really like Cano over the past couple years. He is really turning into a true pinstriper. He’s great to watch and he is becoming more and more of an important hitter in the Yankees lineup. Yeah, he’s batting fifth or sixth most of the time but that’s because they have other guys filling in the top of the order and that puts him in the middle to the backend of things. That just shows how great the Yankees are. Cano recorded his fourth career walk off hit on August 12th against the Jays. With the game tied at three in the 11th inning, Cano sent a shot to right center field that just missed being a homer. It hit off the wall and scored Alex Rodriguez from second. Cano has become a huge force in the Yankees’ lineup and will continue to improve with experience.