Food For Thought: Robbie Cano

The difference between Pettitte and Mitre
Open Thread: Chuck Knoblauch

Baerga’s sudden and rather scary fall from grace was due in part to knee issues, but otherwise he was just a guy that peaked very early. Cano’s development path has been a bit more traditional, with his age 26 and 27 seasons being his two best to date. Middle infielders can unexpectedly fall off, perhaps due to the beating they take turning the double play at second, but I would be surprised if Cano just all of a sudden stopped being a productive big leaguer like Baerga.

(related graphs) (h/t Matt Imbrogno)

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The difference between Pettitte and Mitre
Open Thread: Chuck Knoblauch
  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    That is one strange graph.

  • http://twitter.com/wahbjo01 Dick Whitman

    Awesome find Matt.

  • Jacklyn Mehoff

    On Baerga: “Because life in the big leagues was lavish, he wanted more and more. He says much of his life was involved with going to discos, alcohol, and women.”

    • Jorge

      “….but he wound up on the Mets, so it was mostly just alcohol.”

      • YankeesJunkie

        +1

      • LGY

        LOL

  • 28 this year

    don’t jinx it.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      Jinxes aren’t real.

      • http://www.retire21.org first name only male (formerly Mike R. – Retire 21)

        I’m confused now. Are you jinxing the jinx? And if so what effect will that have on it?

  • Jorge

    Quick, trade him, Jesus Montero, Minka Kelly, and the Macombs Dam Bridge for Felix Hernandez.

  • Pasqua

    Mike: Out of curiosity, when you generate these comparisons, is it trial and error, by which you compare Cano’s career (in this instance) to a bunch of other 2B until you find an interesting “match”? Or, do you have the comparisons in mind beforehand, b/c that would be pretty remarkable.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Trial and error mostly. Sometimes I’ll look at B-Ref and the similar players they have listed.

      • 28 this year

        shhhhhhh

        don’t give away ur secrets

      • jsbrendog

        bwahahhahahaha now we have your zeecrets! and can start ze own blog!! bwahahahaha

      • Pasqua

        Ah, gotcha. Makes sense. Had forgotten about B-Ref.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      For this one, I went on Robbie’s B-Ref page and looked at his most similar players list and Baerga was #1 on the “Through Age…” list.

      • All Praise Be To Mo

        As long as he’s not most similar to him in the buffet line I think we’ll be okay.

  • Mickey Scheister

    Cano was awesome last year, I hope he builds on that stellar year and hasn’t completely peaked yet.

    I’m optimistic he’ll have another great year but the realist in me expects some regression. He could regress a bit and still be one of the best 2B in the bigs.

    “Cano will win a batting title someday”. – Every game Morgan EVER called that Robbie played in.

  • Brett

    Dustin Pedroia is in a similar boat as well.

    • Chris
      • OldYanksFan

        Career OPS+:
        Pedroia: 113
        Cano:::: 117
        Utley:::: 129

        • OldYanksFan

          P.S. Utley is a monster!

          • CS Yankee

            He is indeed, let’s hope Cano’s prime (ages 28-31) are equal or better.

      • Danimal

        even better. Generational.

        Cano v. Alomar, Ryne Sandberg, Joe Morgan

        Robbie is a bit below these guys, but look at his age 27 season. Not too shabby.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/graph.....d5=1009179

  • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

    Cano for HOF someday? You don’t get a lot of middle IF’s who both field and hit like Robbie. He’s been pretty healthy so far also, which means who could be pretty productive until at least his mid-thirties. Throw maybe a batting title and/or an MVP in there, I’d say he’s got a decent chance.

    • Sean C

      He’s too lazy to get into the HOF. Everyone knows that.

    • Danimal

      if you look at the graphs I posted with Morgan, Alomar, Sandberg… I think we need to see lots more years. If Cano keeps his trend of solid years through age 35/36, then I’d start that conversation back up. WAY too early.

      These guys were all pretty much shoe-ins, so if Robbie can keep up, then I’d say yeah.