• Cashman: Cano Has Chance To Make Name For Himself That Would Last Forever

    Posted by on February 28th, 2010 · Comments (0)

    Everywhere you turn these days, it seems that everyone is talking about Robinson Cano. Here’s the latest from Mark Feinsand -

    Robinson Cano’s first five years in pinstripes have placed him in the conversation when it comes to the game’s elite second basemen, but as good as Cano has been, he knows that there’s still plenty of room for him to grow.

    “I have a long way to go and a lot of things to learn,” said Cano, who was tied for sixth in the AL with a .320 average last season. “You can have great seasons, but in baseball, you never stop learning.”

    “He’s already one of the premier guys in the game, but that’s the only thing separating him from taking it to a whole other level,” Brian Cashman said. “If he can be more selective at the plate, he could have a Hall of Fame-type career.”

    “He’s still young,” Cashman said. “He really has a chance to make a name for himself that would last forever. That’s the type of hitting talent he has.”

    This all has brought cause for me to look at some numbers on Cano. First, via Baseball-Reference.com looking at lefty batters the same age as Cano and with the same about of playing time, etc., -

    PLAYER		OPS+	PA	From	To	G	BA	OBP	SLG
    Willie Davis	100	3121	1962	1966	765	.270	.301	.398
    Robinson Cano	113	3036	2005	2009	734	.306	.339	.480
    Al Oliver   	114	2986	1969	1973	721	.289	.328	.442
    Lloyd Waner	109	3045	1928	1932	659	.336	.373	.437
    Joe Pepitone	104	3008	1963	1967	745	.255	.296	.422
    Carl Crawford	108	3115	2004	2008	711	.299	.338	.456
    Jorge Orta	113	2958	1973	1977	709	.289	.340	.420
    Mark Kotsay	103	2842	1998	2002	726	.286	.339	.428
    Cecil Travis	109	2887	1936	1940	685	.323	.378	.431
    Darin Erstad	108	2809	1996	2000	628	.301	.358	.462
    Gus Bell   	113	3178	1951	1955	738	.289	.342	.475
    PLAYER		H	2B	HR	RBI	BB	SO	SB
    Willie Davis	787	115	63	340	118	341	145
    Robinson Cano	875	199	87	394	129	335	17
    Al Oliver   	797	148	75	405	139	241	21
    Lloyd Waner	951	110	17	266	152	65	30
    Joe Pepitone	717	85	117	398	153	305	14
    Carl Crawford	867	128	63	350	161	422	238
    Jorge Orta	777	122	52	346	209	368	61
    Mark Kotsay	740	135	58	294	212	304	60
    Cecil Travis	844	148	17	364	218	125	13
    Darin Erstad	767	139	77	332	222	375	87
    Gus Bell    	840	153	106	458	228	300	11

    Next, via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, again looking at batting hand, age, playing time, etc. -

    LEFT HANDED HITTERS, AGE BETWEEN 21 AND 26
    PLATE APPEARANCES BETWEEN 2800 AND 3200, RCAA BETWEEN 0 AND 50
    OWP >= .500

    PLAYER		G	PA	RCAA	OWP
    Johnny Evers	806	3142	21	.535
    Tim McCarver	799	2995	34	.539
    Dick McAuliffe	768	3105	37	.537
    Jorge Orta	760	3091	42	.548
    Bill Buckner	744	3009	13	.511
    Robinson Cano	734	3036	28	.531
    Al Oliver    	725	2994	50	.558
    Wally Pipp	671	2826	31	.545
    Duff Cooley	666	3086	23	.530

    Without spending any time looking at these numbers in detail, the first name that jumped out at me was Jorge Orta (who I have highlighted in red). Why? It goes back to something that I wrote on May 11, 2007 – where I made “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.”

    And, now, three years later, you can still see that Robinson Cano is on the same path as Jorge Orta – sorta/kinda.

    Let’s not lose sight of that as we’re booking his date, now, for Cooperstown.

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