Over the past two years, Cano has elevated his game to an elite level. Not only is the best player at a slim position but he is also one of the best hitters in the game. After struggling with runners in scoring position in 09, Cano hit 322 in those situations last year which resulted in a career high 109 rbi. Have we seen the best of Cano yet? I wouldn’t be too sure. There is still room to improve off of last year’s numbers. Despite the upgrade in RISP avg, he did only hit 239 in those situations with two outs. If he improves that by about 50 points, you have a potential league leader in rbi.
While the rest of the Yankee lineup advances in age, there could be a lack of lineup stability. However, you can expect Cano to be in there every day. Over the past 4 seasons, Cano has missed just 6 games. He is one of the most reliable players in baseball. That is one of things that really separates him from other top players at his position (Pedroia, Utley and Kinsler). Reliability can be a hard thing to find in fantasy baseball and it is very valuable.
Cano should have little trouble building off of last year’s career year. He is firmly entrenched in the middle of a strong lineup and hits in a very hitter friendly park. Look for Cano to continue to put up strong numbers as the Yankees begin to retool their lineup. The lineup instability could affect his runs and rbi but I think there is enough talent for Cano to get his numbers once again.
2011 projection: 612 abs, 322 avg, 28 hrs, 106 rbi, 4 sbs, 101 runs