My Scouting Report on Robinson Cano's Hitting

Sean SerritellaCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 01: Robinson Cano #24 and Melky Cabrera #53 of the New York Yankees celebrate victory against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on May 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

In the 2008 season and even in spring training this year, Robinson Cano was more even with the pitcher but now he has opened up with his front foot. Last year, he was driving towards home plate that he was almost blocking himself off. Now he’s opened up and his stride is smooth and it’s right back at the pitcher.

When you’re pitching, you would hope that the batter comes towards home plate with his foot but Robinson Cano is not doing that. Kevin Long, the Yankee hitting coach, worked with Cano on picking up his front foot and putting it right back towards the pitcher and this is why he’s not blocking himself off.

When you’re opened up, it makes it easier to get to the inside pitch and Robbie knows he can handle the ball away. Some players can’t get to the outside pitch when they are opened up but Robbie can. This makes it almost impossible to get him out.

Not only that but he has one of the best left-handed swings in the game with tremendously quick hands.

This season he is leading the Yankees in batting average at .363. third in on base percentage at .394, second in runs scored with 20, leads the team in total bases with 58, third with 17 RBI, leads the team in at bats but struck out the ninth least with nine, is third with a .569 slugging percentage and is second with an OPS of .963.

Robinson Cano had a hit in all but one game this season prior to Saturday and is off to the best start of his baseball career. When you think about the fact that he has been a slow starter and a strong finisher in his career, Robinson Cano could be looking at a MVP type of year.

Just think, he’s only 26-years-old and isn’t going anywhere fast since the Yankees own him and have all the money in the world to keep him.

It feels good knowing we have a great second baseman who can hit and be with us for a long time.