Even though he didn’t beat Adrian Gonzalez first round lead of 9 home runs in the 2011 Home Run Derby, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano made a show of his appearance in the first round with the longest home run so far at 472 feet and 8 total home runs.
Cano has enjoyed a tremendous first half to 2011 thus far, and he’s solidified his status as the best overall hitter in an absolutely loaded line-up. Despite the presence of future Hall of Famers like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter and the slugging anchor at first base in Mark Texeira, Yankee players and fans alike realize that Cano is the catalyst for one of the best line-ups in the Major Leagues. He currently has a .296 batting average to go with his 15 home runs and 57 RBI — tremendous offense for a middle infielder.
Rickie Weeks is up next in the home run derby and hopes to make his Brewers teammate Prince Fielder proud.