Two seasons ago, Robinson Cano was at the top of every diehard Yankees fan’s sh*tlist. He had just finished a season which saw his batting average drop over 40 points from the previous season and over 80 points from the 2006 season. He made a committment that off-season to turn things around and get back to his previous form.
Fast forward to 2010 and Robinson Cano is most definitely the best player on the Yankee roster this young season. He has led the Yankees in virtually every statistical category at the plate and was tops in the majors in many categories. Through 22 games in April, Cano was hitting .400, with 8 homers and 18 RBI.
In fact, Cano was the first player in Yankees history to do that in April.
While normally strong hitters Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez struggled to slow starts, Cano provided much of the spark at the plate for the Yankees offense and earned the #5 spot in the lineup going into May.
“You can teach someone to pull the ball,” Yankee Captain Derek Jeter told ESPNNewYork. “It’s tough to teach someone to hit the ball the other way, and Robby’s always been able to do it. That makes it tough to pitch to him.”
Big kudos to Cano. I think he is making a good argument that the Yankees should be concerned with locking him into a long-term deal this off-season.