Robinson Cano is a left-handed batting second baseman. When he played, Jorge Orta was a left-handed batting second baseman.
Robinson Cano played his first full big league season at age 22 and had -5 Runs Created Above Average as a batter. Jorge Orta played his first full big league season at age 22 and had -5 Runs Created Above Average as a batter.
In his second full big league season, Robinson Cano, then age 23, had 21 Runs Created Above Average as a batter (to go along with an OWP of .627 and an OPS+ of 132). In his second full big league season, Jorge Orta, then age 23, had 24 Runs Created Above Average as a batter (to go along with an OWP of .646 and an OPS+ of 130).
Let’s review: Age 22 – both had -5 RCAA. Age 23 – their RCAA/OWP/OPS+ marks were very near each other. This is interesting.
Is Robinson Cano the next Jorge (Made To) Orta? Well, there is a difference here. During Orta’s first two full seasons, Jorge drew 10 BB less than a league average batter would have drawn. However, during Cano’s first two full seasons, Robbie drew 52 BB less than a league average batter would have drawn. Clearly, Cano is much more of a believer in “Thou Shalt Not Pass.”
For what it’s worth, Jorge Orta, by the time he was 25-years old, was pretty much just a league-average batter. And, Orta was eventually moved off second base by the time he was 28-years old. For someone who looked pretty good as a 23-year old, his career (albeit sort of long) was not extremely impressive.
This is not to say that Robinson Cano is on the same path as Jorge Orta. More so, it’s just an observation that Cano and Orta started out of the gate somewhat in the same manner…and they both batted the same way and played the same position.
Hey, for all we know, Robinson Cano might not even turn out as good as Jorge Orta? Cano’s inability to master the strike zone just may do him in as a batter. Then again, I probably said that about Alfonso Soriano from 2002 to 2003, as well. So, what do I know?