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Checking in on Robinson Cano and Kelly Johnson

Posted by Andy on August 23, 2010

Back at the end of April, we were marveling at the great starts posted by Robinson Cano and Kelly Johnson. Let's take another peak at how these two doing are doing with a little over a month left in the season.

Johnson's 2010 splits tell his story:

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
April/March 22 94 80 17 25 8 0 9 18 13 17 .313 .404 .750 1.154 60 .291 162 207
May 27 115 98 18 24 8 0 3 7 15 28 .245 .351 .418 .769 41 .313 80 110
June 25 119 102 12 24 7 0 1 10 17 25 .235 .345 .333 .678 34 .303 61 87
July 24 105 96 17 32 3 3 4 16 7 24 .333 .381 .552 .933 53 .406 115 152
August 20 85 73 9 20 5 1 2 5 12 14 .274 .376 .452 .829 33 .316 94 130
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Generated 8/22/2010.

After an incredible April, he went stone cold in May and June. He recovered with a very strong July and has had a good August. His overall numbers still show him posting the best season of his career, but by a fairly small margin. His OPS+ is currently 122, beating his career best of 116 in 2007. He's unlikely to top his 2007 WAR of 4.3, though, with just 2.9 so far this year.

Cano, meanwhile, has also suffered a decline:

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
April/March 22 94 85 21 34 5 1 8 18 6 10 .400 .436 .765 1.201 65 .377 149 220
May 29 126 116 16 39 11 0 3 22 7 15 .336 .381 .509 .890 59 .364 89 142
June 26 113 102 19 34 6 0 4 13 9 11 .333 .398 .510 .908 52 .345 94 147
July 25 111 98 17 27 8 2 6 18 12 10 .276 .351 .582 .933 57 .253 94 150
August 20 83 71 10 19 4 0 3 9 11 11 .268 .373 .451 .824 32 .281 77 129
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Generated 8/22/2010.

His batting average has dropped each month. However, his OPS has remained fairly constant (and good) since May--just well below his incredible March.

The numbers above don't include Cano's performance on Sunday: 2-for-5 with a homer and 6 RBI.  (I did some quick math and I think his August OBP stands at about .860 as of Monday morning.)

Cano is undoubtedly posting his best season, with his 157 OPS+ blowing away his previous career high of 129 from last year, and his 2010 WAR of 6.1 already ahead of his high of 5.6 in 2007.

Incidentally, Cano is just the 9th second baseman since 2007 to post a 6-RBI game:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO WPA BOP Pos. Summary
1 Alberto Callaspo 2010-04-18 KCR MIN W 10-5 5 5 2 3 0 2 6 0 1 0.296 6 2B
2 Brandon Phillips 2009-05-05 CIN FLA W 7-0 5 5 1 3 0 1 6 0 1 0.155 4 2B
3 Chase Utley 2008-05-26 PHI COL W 20-5 6 6 2 3 0 1 6 0 0 0.224 3 2B
4 Augie Ojeda 2008-05-03 ARI NYM W 10-4 5 4 0 3 2 0 6 0 0 0.207 7 2B
5 Felipe Lopez 2008-04-24 WSN NYM W 10-5 5 4 1 2 0 1 6 1 0 0.486 1 2B
6 Brandon Phillips 2007-07-13 CIN NYM W 8-4 5 5 2 3 1 1 6 0 1 0.226 4 2B
7 Felipe Lopez 2007-05-22 WSN CIN W 8-4 5 5 2 3 2 1 6 0 0 0.466 1 2B
8 Dan Uggla 2007-04-22 FLA WSN W 12-6 5 5 3 3 0 2 6 0 0 0.019 2 2B
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Generated 8/22/2010.

Phillps and Lopez have each done it twice over that span.

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11 Responses to “Checking in on Robinson Cano and Kelly Johnson”

  1. Johnson has really fallen down the WAR list. Here are the top ten second basemen this season:

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
    1 Robinson Cano 6.3 2010 27 NYY AL 123 532 477 84 155 34 3 25 86 45 12 58 6 0 4 13 2 2 .325 .387 .566 .953 *4/D
    2 Dustin Pedroia 3.7 2010 26 BOS AL 75 351 302 53 87 24 1 12 41 37 1 38 4 2 6 7 9 1 .288 .367 .493 .860 *4
    3 Dan Uggla 3.3 2010 30 FLA NL 123 520 451 83 130 20 0 28 79 64 1 114 1 0 4 6 4 1 .288 .375 .519 .894 *4
    4 Rickie Weeks 2.9 2010 27 MIL NL 123 586 507 84 139 27 4 23 73 57 0 141 20 0 2 3 7 4 .274 .369 .479 .848 *4/D
    5 Kelly Johnson 2.8 2010 28 ARI NL 119 522 453 73 126 31 4 19 56 64 1 109 2 1 2 9 11 6 .278 .369 .490 .859 *4/D
    6 Chase Utley 2.8 2010 31 PHI NL 77 337 282 52 77 14 2 11 38 42 0 38 9 0 4 2 5 1 .273 .380 .454 .834 *4
    7 Martin Prado 2.8 2010 26 ATL NL 107 507 462 82 147 32 3 13 45 34 1 64 2 3 6 6 4 3 .318 .363 .485 .848 *45/3
    8 Orlando Hudson 2.6 2010 32 MIN AL 93 419 370 62 106 18 4 6 33 39 0 62 4 4 2 10 7 2 .286 .359 .405 .764 *4
    9 Brandon Phillips 2.5 2010 29 CIN NL 121 555 508 87 147 31 4 14 48 36 0 65 5 6 0 11 13 10 .289 .342 .449 .791 *4
    10 Ian Kinsler 2.1 2010 28 TEX AL 76 342 292 55 87 15 1 6 38 41 2 46 4 1 4 7 10 4 .298 .387 .418 .805 *4
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    Generated 8/23/2010.
  2. The thing with Cano that always amazes me is his minor league stats.

    Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2001 18 2 Teams 2 Lgs Rk-A- NYY 59 241 14 2 3 36 28 29 .231 .328 .361
    2002 19 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- NYY 135 599 25 10 15 81 33 86 .276 .319 .437
    2003 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYY 136 571 25 4 6 63 26 65 .277 .322 .374
    2004 21 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA NYY 135 563 29 10 13 74 42 67 .283 .339 .457
    2005 22 Columbus IL AAA NYY 24 114 8 3 4 24 6 13 .333 .368 .574
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    Generated 8/23/2010.

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    How does a guy who was a .280 hitter in the minors (with so-so power) go on to hit like he has in the majors?

  3. MikefromQueens Says:

    Kevin Long the hitting instructor.

  4. Kevin Long does work hard. But, if he was that good, then Curtis Granderson would be leading the league in hitting too, no? ;-)

  5. Flying to Central America for `B-12`shots.

  6. oh, a granderson stab- I LOVE it. Detroit pulled off one of the most one-sided trades in years!

  7. KenH - Sadly, nothing would shock me these days.

  8. I think its pretty uncalled for to allude to illegal substances for Cano. Cano was only 22 when called up from the minors, so for his minor league stats, you're talking about a pretty young guy who hadn't finished developing. Some guys are amazing in the minors at age 18-21 but a lot aren't. And its not like Cano was stinking up the minors either.

    Joe Mauer had 9 HR in 1228 minor league AB's. He had 28 HR's last season. Miguel Cabrera had 28 HR in 1597 minor league AB's. Not everyone is a superstar right from the get-go.

  9. More on Cano - if he keeps his pace up and hits his projected stats, I believe he would enter the Top 10 for Total Bases for a 2B in a single season (with 355).

    Also, if he maintains his WAR lead amongst all position players in the American League, he would be the first 2B to be atop that category since 1974 (when Bobby Grich finished in a 1st place tie with Reggie Jackson).

  10. Point of emphasis on #9. It would be the first time an AL second baseman led the league in WAR since '74. Morgan ('75 & 76), Sandberg ('84) and Biggio ('96) have all lead the NL in WAR since then.

  11. Dave - Mauer was a career .332 hitter in the minors with an OBA over .400. So, nothing he does in the majors surprises me.