Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cashman: Cano "could have a Hall of Fame-type career"

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has had a decent start to his promising, young career.

In addition, the 27-year-old had career highs in hits (204), doubles (48) and home runs (25) while hitting .320 and driving in 85 runs last season.

Meanwhile, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that Cano could be a "Hall of Fame-type player," per Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

"He's already one of the premier guys in the game, but that's the only thing separating him from taking it to a whole other level," Cashman said [of Cano's plate discipline]. "If he can be more selective at the plate, he could have a Hall of Fame-type career."

However, isn't it a little premature for this kind of statement?

As Steve Lombardi of points out, a fairly reasonable comparison can also be made between Cano's first five years and those of Jorge Orta, who made two All-Star appearances.

In fantasy baseball, Cano should be one of the top five second basemen drafted and has an average draft position of 48, per