As hard as it is to believe, there are actually six 2B who qualify for the FanGraphs leaderboards who are off to a worse offensive start than Robinson Cano and his .240 wOBA. If Cano was a SS, he would rank 26th out of 28 qualified players and if he was a 3B, he’d rank 25th out of 28.
Among all MLB hitters, he ranks 173rd out of 193 qualifiers.
If Jeff McNeil put up these numbers, he’d be chained to the end of the bench and would be mentioned prominently as a guy to be sent down when Todd Frazier returns. Instead, Cano bats third every day and the only time you hear his name mentioned it’s how he’s such a great mentor for Amed Rosario.
Forget membership, veteran-ness has its privileges.