Via George King –
Reggie Jackson’s belief that Robinson Cano has passed Dustin Pedroia as the premier second baseman in the American League isn’t simply Mr. October’s bias because he works for the Yankees.
“After this season he will be the best second baseman in the American League and then chase Chase [Utley],” Jackson told The Post. “He is a better player than Pedroia and I think Pedroia is a great player, an MVP.”
Jackson has company from the fraternity that scouts everything from tools to makeup.
The Post contacted six scouts and asked them who was better. Three clearly favored the sizzling Cano, another said it was close but went with Cano and while the fourth picked Pedroia, he admitted Cano was the better hitter. The sixth said Cano had better skills but Pedroia’s all-out effort every game made it a push.
“I’ll go with Cano over Pedroia. Cano is a left-handed hitter and can hit for more power,” said a scout who watched Cano go 6-for-11 (.545) and drive in three runs in a three-game series against the Angels this past weekend. “With Pedroia [Fenway Park] is made for his swing. Pedroia can do some things but Cano has better range, better arm strength and turns the double play better. However, neither one is ever going to be Chase Utley.”
“Cano has passed Pedroia,” said another scout who watched Cano at Angel Stadium. “He is more athletic and as far as baseball skills he has gone by him. He has a shorter swing than Pedroia and Cano will use the whole field. He has quicker hands and his athleticism is better. Getting it all out of him is the only question I have, but he is by Pedroia.”
I like Robby Cano. And, it’s pretty amazing to see him reach the level he has in the eyes of so many…since he was not considered to be…again, by many…to be a blue-chip prospect when he was in the minor leagues. Then again…part of me wonders…how many were saying the same type of wonderful things…in 2002…about Jose Vidro…as they are saying now about Cano? A lot can happen, sometimes, with young players who look like can’t-miss stars and future Hall-of-Famers…