C800 2009 Yankees Outlook: 2B

Chasing800 is going to look at each position and give you insight and opinion on the current situation and what may loom ahead. Today we will look at Second Base.

Second Base
Much like Shortstop, this position is not up for grabs, it belongs to Robinson Cano. Cano is coming off his worst Major League season. He hit .271 14 HR 72 RBI in 2008, all were down from .307 19 97 in '07. Cano was hitting better in September last season after hitting coach Kevin Long made some adjustments to his stance. At 26, Cano is still maturing at the Major League level and is continuing to improve his game. Last season we saw some lackluster defense from Cano. One in particular came in a game last summer in which manager Joe Girardi had to bench his second baseman. It was a move that many believed was overdue. Hopefully Cano learned from that experience last year. He's got a sweet swing and his defense seems so effortless at times. We know he has tremendous talent, his head just has to be in it.

Chasing800 Prediction:
I expect a 2007-like performance from Cano, somewhere along the lines of .313 17 89. A little below what he did in 2007 but I'll take that from Robbie this year. I still see him making a few mental mistakes on the field but they will be few and far between. He can make the All-Star team this year if he gets off to a good start, something he didn't do last year. The Yankees expect a bounce back year from Cano, so do I.

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2 Responses to this post

  1. Bronx Baseball Daily on March 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM

    I think Cano got too big too fast and people are expecting more than 2007 from him. Although I'm more than happy if he duplicated that year all the time. 2nd basemen usually suck, so to me those numbers would be great.

  2. Frank on March 21, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    i dunno if he's gonna hit .342 again lol but he's a good player. i dunno how ppl compare him to rod carew, i just dont see it