Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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There are some players who become premium draft targets despite statistical shortcomings (Buster Posey) or injury concerns (Troy Tulowitzki) solely because of how they compare to the available talent at their respective positions. Robinson Cano has no such flaws, producing annual stat lines that rival the game’s best overall players, and the fact that he plays at a position with barely average depth makes him all the more valuable.Side note: Yes, I view Posey as a player with some statistical shortcoming. In 610 plate appearances last year he scored just 78 runs, he doesn’t steal bases, and his home run power is average for an elite player. He’s better than a lot of first basemen, the other position he qualifies at, but he would be a fourth or fifth round pick if he didn’t have catcher eligibility, not a second round pick.Last season Cano set a career high with 33 homers despite dropping his fly ball rate to a surprisingly low 25.8%. Thanks to a 24.1% HR/FB rate, that drop in flies ...
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