Signed by the New York Yankees in 2001 out of the Dominican Republic, Robinson Cano, 30, has managed to improve in each season since first reaching the big leagues in 2005.
Boasting one of the sexiest swings I’ve ever seen, the left-handed hitter has been a model of offensive consistency over the last eight seasons. Overall, Cano has batted .308/.351/.503 with 718 runs, 334 doubles, 177 home runs, 715 RBI and 604/285 K/BB while playing in 1,214 games.
A four-time All-Star, Cano is coming off what was arguably a career year in 2012, as he batted .313/.379/.550 with 82 extra-base hits, 96/61 K/BB and 6.7 WAR.
A two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Cano’s hands are incredibly smooth and his defensive actions effortless. Even though he possesses slightly above-average range relative to the league average, Cano’s defense was responsible for saving 15 runs in 154 games in 2012.
As we now shift our focus to the minor leagues, it’s time to examine whether there are any up-and-coming prospects poised to become the next Robinson Cano. While I don’t expect anyone to match his perennial, MVP-type impact at the plate, these five players have exciting upside.