2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Robinson Cano
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at new Mets second baseman Robinson Cano and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from him during the 2019 MLB season
Buried by a suspension, playing in Seattle and being a boring veteran, Robinson Canó continues to be overlooked in average draft position in 2019. Presently, he’s the 11th second baseman taken in NFBC drafts the last two months (February and March) as the 127th player on average selected. Last year’s league batting average of .248 overall and .254 by second basemen along make Cano a value. Over the last three years, he slashed .292/.350/.490 with 230 runs, 72 home runs and 250 RBI in 1,557 at-bats. Yes, Cano enters this season 36 years old, so there’s some age regression risk, but he also will be hitting third in an improved lineup for the Mets.
Amidst his 80-game suspension which went into effect in May, Cano appeared in 80 games last year with 44 runs, 10 home runs, 50 RBI and a .303/.374/.471 slash line. He also turned in a career best hard hit percentage (41.5 percent), albeit in a smaller sample, but his average exit velocity jumped to 92.3 MPH compared to 89.3 MPH in...