I remember the first game Robinson Cano ever played for the New York Yankees. It was a May night at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He batted ninth then, and I remember thinking this new second baseman had a sweet swing. That was just a sample of what was to come.
Robinson Cano has emerged as the best second baseman in baseball this year. If the Yankees were having a better season, I think that this guy would be right up there with Miguel Cabrera in the early MVP talks. Cano belted his 20th home run of the season earlier this evening against the Minnesota Twins, giving him six more than any other major league second baseman. His bat has kept the Yankees afloat for most of the season. How many second baseman can say that?
Cano is solid on defense to boot. His nonchalant yet solid play earned him Gold Glove awards in 2010 and last year. He might win a third this year; Cano has only two errors right now, and he’s played rock steady defense throughout the season.
I don’t think there’s any question anymore about Robinson Cano being the best second baseman around. Dustin Pedroia is probably the only guy who comes close, but Cano has far better power numbers and maybe even a slight edge in defensive ability. If Cano continues to put up big numbers, we could be looking at a future Hall of Famer.