Approach gives Cano staying power
December, 6, 2013
By Ken Woolums | ESPN Stats & information
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesSeattle’s new $240 million investment should have no trouble at Safeco Field.
However, away from Yankee Stadium, rather than hitting a large number of short fly balls to right field for outs in other parks, Cano's adjustment has been to take aim at center field and left field.
And, in the past five seasons, it has translated to opposite-field home runs with much more frequency on the road than at home.
It’s clear Cano has an ability to change his approach based on the park he plays in, and evidence suggests he isn't simply a product of his home park.
ESPN Stats & Information Cano has no trouble driving the ball to all fields.
Quite simply, whatever park he’s in, it’s clear he has power to all fields. And, although he might lose some home runs to right field in Seattle, there’s opportunity for more success in left-center with a shorter distance at Safeco Field compared with in Yankee Stadium.
Expect Cano’s general approach at Safeco Field to be to left-center and, naturally, between right-center and right field -- an adjustment he has shown an ability to make.
So, Mariners fans, take a sigh of relief -- Cano should adjust to his new confines quite well.