Fantasy Stats: .330 BA, 26 R, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 4 SB (239 PA)
Say it with me now: Hey, Robinson Cano, where'd the power go?
Some might see the 31-year-old as a sell-high guy because his average is way up there (second in the AL), but just about everything else isn't. Still, the case here is that he's a buy-low option because, frankly, the owner in your league who drafted him wasn't expecting to use a first-round pick on Marco Scutaro-like production.
Here's a crazy way to pitch this deal to the person with Cano rostered: More than two months into his first year with Seattle, the 31-year-old has yet to hit a home run at Safeco as a Mariner! Think that'll cause some can't-trade-him-away-fast-enough concern?
And yet, as much as Safeco is a pitcher's park, it's been middle-of-the-pack in terms of home runs in 2014, according to ESPN's park factors. And it's historically been easier for lefties like Cano to hit 'em out there, per Stat Corner.
Yes, Cano's fly ball distance this year of 271 feet on average is way down from 2013 (292 feet) and 2012 (297 feet), according to Baseball Heat Maps, and he's hitting more grounders than ever. That's more of a problem than the home park.
Then again, his 4.3 HR/FB rate is crazy-low when you take into account it wasn't south of 17.0 percent from 2011 through 2013. And it's not like Cano left his power in New York. Or at least, not all of it. Actual video evidence (see above) does exist that proves he has, in fact, hit a ball over a wall this year (albeit even that one barely made it over).
Maybe Cano actually is a sell-high guy, given all of the above. But the thought here is that, given the lack of power production—not to mention, he's just coming off a hand injury—the cost of acquisition here should be down enough to makes Cano attainable. And a worthwhile gamble to see if he still has 15-20 homers in him from here on out.