Cano and Dustin Pedroia are the best second basemen in the American League, but the Yankees second baseman gets the nod over Pedey at this point (by a nose) because it is unclear how Pedroia’s (broken) foot will affect his overall game.
Cano has been remarkably consistent since coming to the big leagues in 2006, except for the 2008 season...which was obviously an outlier.
He regularly posts a contact rate of 88-90%. He has hit .300+ in four of his six big league seasons, and just missed hitting .300 on a fifth occasion (.297, 2005).
Last year. he compiled a .900+ OPS for the first time in his career on the back of an extraordinary first half. And while he came back to Earth somewhat in the second half, he still posted an .859 OPS after the All-Star break.
For fantasy owners: For those of you in a mixed-league draft format, Cano has been going too early for my taste (NOTE: he has been selected in the top half of the first round in many drafts). I am not certain he’s worth taking that early due to the fact he does not steal many bases.
If you are of a mind to address your middle infield early, it might be a better strategy to address position scarcity in the first round by selecting a shortstop (Hanley Ramirez or Troy Tulowitzki) and then coming back with Chase Utley or Pedroia in the second round.
Cano is an outstanding second baseman, but I believe he's going too early in the current mock drafts, and that it will be extremely difficult for him to earn enough to be worthy of such a high pick.