• Cano Vs. Upton

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Eric SanInocencio and EJ Fagan battle it out, over Robinson Cano versus BJ Upton. Check it out at Rays Anatomy.

    As a 22-year old, last year, Upton had 29 RCAA and an OWP of .667 (in 548 PA). As a 22-year old, in 2005, Cano had -5 RCAA and an OWP of .471 (in 551 PA).

    Clearly, Upton wins the battle of the 22-year olds here.

    In fact, during 2006 and 2007, Cano failed to beat the RCAA and OWP marks that Upton posted this season. While I still want to see a couple of more seasons under Upton’s belt, he’s already shown that he can post a better offensive season than Cano.

    Robinson needs to learn to walk more to catch up with what Upton has shown this past season.

    Comments on Cano Vs. Upton

    1. brockdc
      January 22nd, 2008 | 10:52 pm

      Hopefully, Cano learns some more patience over time. Still, he puts up excellent numbers for a second-baseman, and, as opposed to Upton, who was a highly-touted “blue-chipper,” I don’t think any of us had ever envisioned Cano ever being this good when he was originally called up.

    2. Yu Hsing Chen
      January 23rd, 2008 | 12:02 am

      Steve, the problem here is that if your debating in that fashion, you might as well say that Jeter has less RCAA than Manny so he should start beefing it up!

      Upton is very good, but he’s hardly without peers or better out there in CF, meanwhile, Cano is nearly without peer except for Utley. you could find a half dozen guy out there that might be just as good as Upton comming up as soon as next year too. but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that might give Cano a shot save maybbbe Howie Kendricks, who has exactly the same limitation as Cano and more. (Cano walked 18 times in 05 and has steadily improved since.. Kendrick has no walked a total of 18 wooping time across 2 seasons! he also whiffs more. and doesn’t hit for as much power)

    3. Andrew
      January 23rd, 2008 | 12:14 am

      Like others have said, fine, except that Upton will never touch an infielder’s glove again in his lifetime. Upton is clearly the superior (far superior) talent, and I love him purely because I picked him up off waivers at the beginning of the season on my fantasy team. But Cano is my favorite Yankee, and I would say he is the safer bet heading into next year. Plus, he plays an excellent second base, with well above-average offense for the position.

    4. williamnyy
      January 23rd, 2008 | 7:41 am

      Upton is probably going to be a better hitter, but Cano has developed into an excellent (not a good, but excellent) defensive second baseman. The dual value of Cano can’t be ignored. Upton’s destiny is probably for one of the corners, so he will need to really outhit Robbie in order to be more valuable. Regardless, I think both men will rank among the better players in the game over the next five+ seasons.

    5. TurnTwo
      January 23rd, 2008 | 8:15 am

      like comparing apples and oranges. BJ Upton wont ever see 2B again; he is now the starting CF.

      they are also two different types of players… Upton has more speed and power, Cano relies more on contact.

      it would be interesting to look at Upton’s minor league numbers and compare them to AJax’s after the upcoming 2008 to see how it stacks up.

    6. Bob R.
      January 23rd, 2008 | 12:31 pm

      Cano and Upton are unique ballplayers in that they both exceed expectations based on certain important indicators, but they probably can sustain it because each has particular talents that offset the “problem”.

      Cano does not walk enough (although he improved in 2007) but he makes such consistent contact and hits the ball so hard that he can still hit for average and good power for a second baseman. So far, pitchers have not been able to take advantage of his impatience as a result.

      Upton strikes out a lot and had a very high BABIP, but he has such quick hands and hits the ball so hard that when he does hit the ball it has a better chance of falling in somewhere. And with his speed, he can beat out a lot of balls hit in the hole. So while he may lose some average it will not likely be much. And he showed some improvement in BB (which he has always done well) and K rate as the year progressed so he will probably adjust there too.

      Two very exciting players. I lean slightly to Upton because I think he has a better chance of being an impact player, the core player on a good team, rather than simply excellent.

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