2009 Stats: .320/25/85/5
Robinson Cano had one of his best seasons last year bringing his average up from his 2008 debacle, and hitting a career high in homeruns. The main issue with him was how terrible he did when runners were in scoring position. He would seemingly swing at garbage and ground out every time. And to prove it wasn't just perception, his average with RISP was .207. For comparison, when bases were empty his average was .376. He's a very talented hitter, and how he grows in this area will determine whether he will be seen as an elite hitter or just another really good hitter.
Facing the loss of his best friend Melky Cabrera, Cano will find an unlikely friend in pitcher Chad Gaudin. Chad teaches him how to hit with runners in scoring position, while Cano teaches Chad how to pitch against lefties. The two improve each other so much that Cano wins a batting title, and Chad gets a Cy Young vote...from Cano.
Little Known Cano Fact
Cano once high fived a bear and lived to talk about it.