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Lorenzo Cain CFRoyals

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .273 0 0 0 0 .258 0.0
Birth Date4-13-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age28 years, 6 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.32010
-0.02011
1.32012
1.42013
2.92014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 MIL 24 43 158 147 17 45 11 1 1 61 9 28 1 1 0 13 7 1 .306 .348 .415 .293 11.1 1.8 1.3
2011 KCA 25 6 23 22 4 6 1 0 0 7 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .273 .304 .318 .216 0.1 -0.5 -0.0
2012 KCA 26 61 244 222 27 59 9 2 7 93 15 56 3 4 0 31 10 0 .266 .316 .419 .265 9.6 2.7 1.3
2013 KCA 27 115 442 399 54 100 21 3 4 139 33 90 4 6 0 46 14 6 .251 .310 .348 .245 5.1 7.9 1.4
2014 KCA 28 133 502 471 55 142 29 4 5 194 24 108 4 3 0 53 28 5 .301 .339 .412 .269 19.1 7.3 2.9
Career3581369126115735271101749482286121401445912.279.326.392.26245.019.16.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 HEL Rk 6 28 .195 .287 .378 .447 .308 .278 101 -1.3 0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.4 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2006 WVA A 132 603 .280 .258 .335 .380 .265 .372 109 10.3 14.0 -5 16.6 2.8 23.6 4.2 23.6 4.2
2007 BRV A+ 126 533 .250 .268 .337 .393 .260 .339 95 -6.3 17.2 -3.8 7.6 -0.4 10.2 1.7 10.2 1.7
2008 BRV A+ 80 356 .283 .255 .328 .374 .250 .346 99 8.9 10.5 -3.3 2.8 0.3 17.4 2.0 17.4 2.0
2008 HUN AA 40 172 .282 .265 .346 .396 .252 .356 108 4.1 5.1 0.4 -2.4 -0.3 9.3 0.7 9.3 0.7
2008 NAS AAA 6 22 .178 .280 .340 .437 .258 .231 110 -2.1 0.7 -0.2 0.4 0.1 -2.3 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2009 WIS A 15 61 .232 .261 .335 .380 .258 .270 106 -1.8 1.8 0.2 0.7 -1.0 -0.7 -0.0 -0.7 -0.0
2009 HUN AA 42 160 .222 .253 .328 .376 .263 .252 94 -7 4.9 0.4 1.4 0.6 -2.7 -0.1 -2.7 -0.1
2009 BRR Rk 3 11 .403 .243 .318 .325 .250 .444 96 1.8 0.3 0 -0.1 -0.0 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2010 MIL MLB 43 158 .293 .251 .322 .391 .265 .370 96 5.2 4.4 0.3 1.8 1.9 11.1 1.3 11.1 1.3
2010 HUN AA 62 280 .308 .264 .337 .392 .264 .400 100 14.4 8.1 0.6 2.6 3.6 24.8 2.8 24.8 2.8
2010 NAS AAA 22 100 .253 .282 .348 .445 .264 .366 107 -0.8 3.0 0.3 2.4 1.3 3.8 0.6 3.8 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 6 23 .216 .287 .330 .450 .273 .333 104 -1 0.6 -0.1 -0.5 0.3 0.1 -0.0 0.1 -0.0
2011 OMA AAA 128 549 .300 .283 .352 .444 .267 .366 99 26.2 17.0 -0.6 -6.6 0.6 45.2 3.7 45.2 3.7
2012 KCA MLB 61 244 .265 .257 .316 .404 .258 .319 101 1.1 6.7 0.1 2.7 0.6 9.6 1.3 9.6 1.3
2012 NWA AA 7 24 .230 .238 .303 .368 .250 .235 102 -0.7 0.7 -0.1 0.3 0.2 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 OMA AAA 7 31 .307 .261 .330 .397 .264 .333 95 1.6 0.9 -0.1 -0.2 -0.5 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2013 KCA MLB 115 442 .245 .255 .317 .399 .265 .309 100 -6.4 11.6 0 7.9 -1.3 5.1 1.4 5.1 1.4
2014 KCA MLB 133 502 .269 .254 .311 .389 .259 .380 103 4.2 12.9 -0.7 7.3 3.2 19.1 2.9 19.1 2.9
2014 OMA AAA 2 7 .006 .259 .323 .405 .248 .000 100 -2 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 HEL Rk 28 4 5 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 0 .208 .321 .208 .000 .195 -0.6 0.0 -0.0
2006 WVA A 603 91 162 36 4 6 60 58 104 34 11 .307 .386 .425 .118 .280 23.6 16.6 4.2
2007 BRV A+ 533 67 133 21 3 2 44 37 97 24 9 .276 .336 .344 .068 .250 10.2 7.6 1.7
2008 HUN AA 172 21 41 9 5 4 17 19 41 6 2 .277 .365 .486 .209 .282 9.3 -2.4 0.7
2008 NAS AAA 22 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 6 0 0 .158 .273 .158 .000 .178 -2.3 0.4 -0.2
2008 BRV A+ 356 50 91 22 4 7 41 29 68 19 4 .287 .359 .448 .161 .283 17.4 2.8 2.0
2009 WIS A 61 3 10 4 0 0 3 9 15 0 0 .192 .311 .269 .077 .232 -0.7 0.7 -0.0
2009 BRR Rk 11 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .444 .500 .556 .111 .403 2.5 -0.1 0.2
2009 HUN AA 160 17 31 6 0 4 15 10 35 3 3 .214 .277 .338 .124 .222 -2.7 1.4 -0.1
2010 HUN AA 280 45 79 6 6 3 18 34 52 21 2 .324 .407 .434 .111 .308 24.8 2.6 2.8
2010 NAS AAA 100 13 26 5 3 0 9 11 17 5 1 .299 .380 .425 .126 .253 3.8 2.4 0.6
2010 MIL MLB 158 17 45 11 1 1 13 9 28 7 1 .306 .348 .415 .109 .293 11.1 1.8 1.3
2011 OMA AAA 549 84 152 28 7 16 81 40 102 16 6 .312 .380 .497 .185 .300 45.2 -6.6 3.7
2011 KCA MLB 23 4 6 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .273 .304 .318 .045 .216 0.1 -0.5 -0.0
2012 KCA MLB 244 27 59 9 2 7 31 15 56 10 0 .266 .316 .419 .153 .265 9.6 2.7 1.3
2012 OMA AAA 31 4 9 3 0 1 6 2 4 0 0 .321 .355 .536 .214 .307 1.7 -0.2 0.1
2012 NWA AA 24 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 .208 .208 .375 .167 .230 -0.4 0.3 -0.0
2013 KCA MLB 442 54 100 21 3 4 46 33 90 14 6 .251 .310 .348 .098 .245 5.1 7.9 1.4
2014 OMA AAA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .006 -2.0 0.0 -0.2
2014 KCA MLB 502 55 142 29 4 5 53 24 108 28 5 .301 .339 .412 .110 .269 19.1 7.3 2.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 642 0.5405 0.4688 0.8439 0.6398 0.2678 0.8919 0.7089 0.1561
2011 83 0.5542 0.5060 0.7857 0.6739 0.2973 0.9355 0.3636 0.2143
2012 1003 0.5095 0.4336 0.7465 0.5616 0.2988 0.8676 0.5102 0.2535
2013 1743 0.5106 0.4406 0.8164 0.6101 0.2638 0.9006 0.6133 0.1823
2014 1842 0.4978 0.4973 0.7770 0.6685 0.3265 0.8874 0.5530 0.2219
Career53130.51020.46340.79240.62580.29320.88930.58060.2068

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-17 2014-05-05 15-DL 18 17 Left Groin Strain - -
2013-08-09 2013-09-04 15-DL 26 26 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-07-28 2013-08-01 DTD 4 3 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-09-14 2012-10-04 DTD 20 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-27 2012-04-27 On-Alr 0 0 Left Hip Strain Hip Flexor Severe - -
2012-04-11 2012-07-09 60-DL 89 79 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-04-07 2011-04-14 Minors 7 7 Groin Strain -
2010-04-26 2010-05-13 Minors 17 0 Groin Strain -
2009-04-24 2009-07-21 Minors 88 0 Left Knee Sprain PCL -
2009-04-09 2009-04-20 Minors 11 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 KCA $
2014 KCA $546,000
2013 KCA $503,175
2012 KCA $480,850
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$984,025
2011Current$546,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,530,025
3 yrTotal$1,530,025

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 74 dJoshua Kusnick1 year/$0.546M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.546M (2014). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$503,175 (2013). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/13.
  • 1 year/$480,850 (2012). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/18/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Kansas City 3/11. Optioned to Triple-A 3/27/11. Recalled 9/21/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Milwuakee 11/18/09. Re-signed 2/23/10. Optioned to Triple-A 3/19/10. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Milwaukee 12/19/10 (Greinke deal).
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2004 (17-496) (Tallahassee CC) (draft and follow).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 596 72 161 29 6 9 60 46 111 22 6 .300 .360 .428 .288 31.8 CF 5 4.0
80o 578 67 151 27 6 9 56 43 110 20 5 .287 .345 .409 .277 24.4 CF 5 3.2
70o 565 64 142 25 5 8 53 40 109 19 5 .278 .335 .396 .268 19.3 CF 5 2.6
60o 553 61 136 24 5 8 51 39 109 18 5 .270 .326 .385 .261 15.1 CF 5 2.2
50o 543 59 130 23 5 7 49 37 108 17 4 .262 .318 .374 .255 11.3 CF 5 1.7
40o 533 56 124 22 5 7 47 35 107 17 4 .255 .309 .363 .248 7.7 CF 5 1.3
30o 521 54 118 21 4 7 45 33 106 16 4 .247 .300 .352 .241 4.0 CF 5 0.9
20o 508 51 111 20 4 6 43 32 105 15 4 .238 .290 .339 .233 -0.2 CF 4 0.5
10o 490 47 102 18 4 6 39 29 104 14 3 .225 .276 .321 .221 -5.7 CF 4 -0.2
Weighted Mean5465913223585037108184.264.320.377.25612.3CF 51.9

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 41% 13% 24% 78%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529263265912242415577.241.293.351.2390.63.0-0.30.914.9-12.62.3
2016304324497193539289311.247.303.352.2431.05.4-0.61.414.9-10.33.8
201731616641402649573913616.247.303.354.2441.26.0-1.11.814.9-9.75.4
201832610631382549563813414.246.301.350.2431.15.0-1.31.714.9-10.35.4
201933601611342547533813413.243.298.342.2400.92.9-1.41.514.9-12.25.3
202034618621372548543913711.240.296.337.2360.60.4-1.71.314.9-14.25.4
20213560460132253752361379.238.290.332.2330.4-1.9-1.91.114.9-16.05.3
20223660660129243752381377.233.289.326.2310.2-3.7-2.11.014.9-17.55.3
20233761760132243651371406.234.288.319.2280.0-5.3-2.20.814.9-18.95.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
10.26.333.22.90.725.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Roger Bernadina 2012 .284
2 89 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 .295
3 85 Rajai Davis 2009 .268
4 84 Luis Terrero 2008 .000 DNP
5 83 Chris Denorfia 2009 .332
6 82 Charles Thomas 2007 .000 DNP
7 82 Travis Buck 2012 .215
8 82 Felix Pie 2013 .167
9 81 Xavier Paul 2013 .268
10 81 Jason Repko 2009 .149
11 80 Jason Donald 2013 .000 DNP
12 80 Jeremy Reed 2009 .209
13 80 Fred Lewis 2009 .275
14 79 Eric Young 2013 .235
15 79 Brent Lillibridge 2012 .213
16 79 Eugenio Velez 2010 .223
17 79 Matt Murton 2010 .000 DNP
18 79 Franklin Gutierrez 2011 .199
19 79 Angel Pagan 2010 .287
20 79 Ryan Church 2007 .283
21 78 David Murphy 2010 .280
22 78 Ryan Langerhans 2008 .278
23 78 Tony Gwynn 2011 .254
24 78 Adam Rosales 2011 .153
25 78 Clete Thomas 2012 .153
26 77 Nate Schierholtz 2012 .273
27 77 Alejandro De Aza 2012 .271
28 77 Kevin Thompson 2008 .000 DNP
29 77 Eric Patterson 2011 .228
30 77 Will Venable 2011 .277
31 76 Michael McKenry 2013 .223
32 76 Luke Hughes 2013 .000 DNP
33 76 Craig Gentry 2012 .275
34 76 Gabe Gross 2008 .262
35 76 Choo Freeman 2008 .000 DNP
36 76 Brian Anderson 2010 .000 DNP
37 76 Alex Escobar 2007 .000 DNP
38 75 Matt Downs 2012 .220
39 75 Mitch Maier 2010 .256
40 75 Dustin Martin 2012 .000 DNP
41 75 Travis Ishikawa 2012 .249
42 75 Xavier Nady 2007 .266
43 75 Ben Francisco 2010 .268
44 75 Seth Smith 2011 .281
45 75 Scott Cousins 2013 .121
46 75 Daniel Ortmeier 2009 .000 DNP
47 75 Lou Montanez 2010 .104
48 75 Nathan Haynes 2008 .167
49 75 Chris Aguila 2007 .000 DNP
50 75 Jason Pridie 2012 .365
51 75 Scott Thorman 2010 .000 DNP
52 75 Jeff Salazar 2009 .083
53 74 Jorge Piedra 2007 .000 DNP
54 74 Skip Schumaker 2008 .264
55 74 John Mayberry 2012 .257
56 74 Ben Zobrist 2009 .317
57 74 Emilio Bonifacio 2013 .233
58 74 Robert Andino 2012 .214
59 74 Quintin Berry 2013 .566
60 74 Joe Mather 2011 .212
61 74 Jarrod Dyson 2013 .246
62 74 Shane Robinson 2013 .260
63 74 Amos Otis 1975 .272
64 74 Scott Hairston 2008 .295
65 74 Brian Bogusevic 2012 .232
66 74 Nolan Reimold 2012 .317
67 74 Drew Stubbs 2013 .254
68 74 Jon Jay 2013 .263
69 74 Chip Ambres 2008 .249
70 74 John Bowker 2012 .000 DNP
71 73 Jermaine Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
72 73 Chris Duffy 2008 .000 DNP
73 73 Hector Luna 2008 .642
74 73 Andy Marte 2012 .000 DNP
75 73 Michael Morse 2010 .314
76 73 Todd Linden 2008 .000 DNP
77 73 Brett Carroll 2011 -.027
78 73 Ellis Burks 1993 .284
79 73 Brendan Harris 2009 .244
80 73 Mike Fontenot 2008 .313
81 73 Russ Adams 2009 .171
82 73 Luis Matos 2007 .000 DNP
83 73 Rusty Ryal 2011 .000 DNP
84 73 Delwyn Young 2010 .257
85 72 Lance Niekro 2007 .135
86 72 Gregor Blanco 2012 .265
87 72 Coco Crisp 2008 .262
88 72 Jorge Padilla 2008 .000 DNP
89 72 Lloyd Moseby 1988 .264
90 72 Chris Dickerson 2010 .203
91 72 Nyjer Morgan 2009 .274
92 72 Buck Coats 2010 .000 DNP
93 72 Paul McAnulty 2009 .000 DNP
94 72 Juan Rivera 2007 .234
95 72 Michael Bourn 2011 .267
96 72 Carlos Beltran 2005 .273
97 72 Brian Barton 2010 .000 DNP
98 72 George Kottaras 2011 .265
99 72 Chris Burke 2008 .221
100 72 Danny Valencia 2013 .307

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .252 .322 .343 .246
11 vs R (Multi) .257 .308 .375 .247
18 Split (Multi) .005 -.015 .032 .001
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .238 .314 .303 .230
31 vs R (2013) .256 .308 .368 .245
38 Split (2013) .019 -.006 .065 .014
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Part of the Zack Greinke bounty, Cain was supposed to anchor center field in 2012. As they say, the best laid plans . . . Cain went down with a groin strain in the season's opening week, then injured a hip flexor while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He returned in July but was sidelined again in September with a hamstring injury. Incurring three lower-body injuries in a single season isn't the best way for a speedy outfielder to spend his summer. Fair or not, he now wears the injury-prone tag. When healthy, Cain flashes positive speed, but his swing gets long at times. His bat projects to the lower third of the batting order.
2012 Conventional wisdom held that Melky Cabrera, acquired as a free agent just days before Cain arrived in the Zack Greinke trade, was simply a placeholder in center field and the team would recall Cain by midseason. It looked good on paper, but once the season started, Cain was left to toil in Triple-A. He’s a strong defensive outfielder, but offensively he lost some of the plate discipline he found in 2010. The Royals worry his swing gets too long at times, making him susceptible to the strikeout.
2011 Cain was a man in a hurry last year, bouncing back from a season lost to injury and ineffectiveness to rocket his way to Miller Park for a successful late-season audition in center field. He's always impressed with his range and aggressive outfield play, but his biggest breakthrough came at the plate, where Cain was able to lay off pitches out of the zone, cut down on his strikeouts, and punish pitchers’ mistakes. This improved approach helped him get on base and take better advantage of his speed, and while he’s not likely to continue posting BABIPs north of .370 or develop much more than occasional power, he has enough skills to be an acceptable starter in center right now. The Royals traded for him as part of the Zack Greinke deal in hopes he can be just that.
2010 Toolsy center fielder Lorenzo Cain still has not developed the power/speed mojo projected for him after a badly injured knee resulted in a lost season. The acquisition of Carlos Gomez may relegate him to a corner, where his bat likely won’t play.
2009 This toolsy 2005 draft-and-follow asserted himself as a legitimate prospect last year, showing enough improvement to rise from High-A to Triple-A. Cain is an excellent athlete whose top asset is his speed; he’s got quick wrists and good bat speed, but his power is only starting to manifest itself. His big breakthrough was in learning to lay off of breaking balls out of the strike zone and waiting for pitches that he can drive. He still needs to refine his jumps and reads, but he's well-positioned to become the homegrown successor to Cameron.
2008 Cain had an outstanding full-season debut in 2006, but took a step backwards when promoted to High-A last season. The Florida State League is certainly a more difficult environment in which to put up big numbers than the Sally League, but the promotion is not the lone explanation for Cain's struggles. Cain's biggest problem is plate discipline; he doesn't take enough bad pitches or swing at enough good ones. That's one of the hardest adjustments to make for a player, but if Cain can do that, his physical tools can carry him to a starting job in the major leagues.
2007 A tall, scrawny outfielder, Cain led the Sally League in hits. His bat doesn`t really fit at a corner, but so long as he`s Darren Ford`s teammate, he`s in right. A prospect, he`s projected to have better power once he fills out, he swings a quick bat, and he runs well. If he survives the Florida State League, Milwaukee`s got something.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment of Norichika Aoki's defense?
(William from Spokane)
Humorous but effective. I once asked Lorenzo Cain to sum up Aoki's routes in one word. "Wow," he said. Then he started laughing. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals come to you and say "bruh, this walk-up music we're using sucks. You like music, don't you? Choose the walk-up music for this whole lineup..." Nine players, nine songs. GO!
(Bruh from Club)
I did this in a mailbag bag in August. Forgive the jumbled up lineup:

1. Nori Aoki: "The Downfall of Us All" by A Day To Remember. This would just be an amusing way to start the first inning.

2. Omar Infante: "Mojo So Dope" by Kid Cudi. Omar is a laid-back fellow.

3. Salvador Perez: "Simon Says" by Pharoah Monche. The Godzilla introduction would be excellent.

4. Billy Butler: "Some Guys Have All The Luck" by Rod Stewart. A classic for the perpetually put-upon DH.

5. Alex Gordon: "Put On" by Young Jeezy. Either this, or "My Hero" by Foo Fighters. Or "The Best" by Tina Turner. I doubt Gordon would like the latter choices.

6. Josh Willingham: "Top Notch" by Manchester Orchestra. Non-descript rock music.

7. Lorenzo Cain: "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake. Smoother than LoCain flagging down a line drive in center.

8. Mike Moustakas: "You Wanted More" by Tonic. What? It's a good guitar riff.

9. Alcides Escobar: "Bowtie" by Outkast. I don't know. Feels like it fits. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)If Tim Anderson has a good showing in the Arizona Fall League, do you think he'll have a chance to be ranked in the top 20 prospects? Also what do you think his eventual position will be?
(cracker73 from Florida)
I think he's a bit too raw to be ranked in the top 20 prospects. A big time athlete and impact-type skills, but he's outside of that range for me right now. I think he's a CF. The profile is sort of reminiscent of Lorenzo Cain. (Jordan Gorosh)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lorenzo Cain or Shane Victorino for ROS?
(captnamerca from Dunedin, FL)
Kind of a coinflip, but I'll lean Cain. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Some of my fantasy guys are really struggling early. What's your short and long term prognosis for Mike Moustakas? Will Aaron Hicks relax and stick around? Does Lorenzo Cain have what it takes to be a star? Leonys Martin?
(Jim from Seattle)
I like Moustakas, although he's taking his time to develop. Then again, he's only 24, so he's got time. Hicks we've covered, Cain is useful but not exciting. Martin seems like a high-risk/high-reward type, but the sample is so limited at the big-league level, I don't have a good feel for him yet. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of exciting young outfielders getting a shot this year. Of this group who do you like best for 2013 and beyond?: Lorenzo Cain, Leonys Martin, and Aaron Hicks.
(Jim from Chicago)
I like 'em in that order. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Scoresheet keeper league round 21 or 22: Lorenzo Cain or Peter Bourjos?
(hotstatrat from Toronto)
Hey hotstatrat, I miss your city... best dim sum I've ever had (but I get to see Rush inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF next month, so I can't complain). Those are the tough rounds. In my combined league, both went in round 17, with Bourjos coming six picks after Cain. The former gives you sick defense, while the latter might have some untapped offensive upside. If this is AL-only, there's a remote chance that Cain becomes a keeper. I'd take him first. (Geoff Young)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment of Lorenzo Cain? 15/15 season? 20/20?
(Nick from Kansas City)
Hey Nick,

Every time I look Cain up I realize he's older than I assume. If we're talking about 2013 then I think 20/20 is optimistic; 15/15 probably is, too. He should get the steals but I don't know if he'll hit 15 home runs in his first full big-league season. I feel more comfortable betting on the steals being there than the power. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Lorenzo Cain has been tearing it up in Spring. Is he the real deal and worth a flyer in 10-team mixed leagues?
(brantparsons from Orlando)
Orlando!! Cain is a slasher with real speed and would work well as a 5th outfielder on the steals alone. I'm a bit worried about Bourgeois taking some PT away from him if Cain struggles but not enough to pass on him. (Jason Collette)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the great chat today. Do you see Melky Cabrera having a season closer to last year or the previous years? Looking at his information, we is still younger than I remembered.
(will.I.ain't from roaming)
Good point about Cabrera’s age—he’s not even a full two years older than Lorenzo Cain. That being said, I doubt Cabrera replicates last season. He has put together some solid seasons in the past—not good, but solid—so his biggest problem is just doing that year in and year out. Even if he’s just a one-to-two-win player, that has value. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Lorenzo Cain will be a reliable CF for the royals this year?
(Eric from Kc)
I do. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team mixed, 11 keepers each...need to settle on my 11th keeper. Is there any justification for keeping Lorenzo Cain over Brandon Belt (keep for the next 3 years?) Belt is the better prospect but his 2011 failure and inconsistant playing time worry me. Thanks!
(bateman19 from st. louis)
No, I think I'd have to go for Belt, especially if you're looking to compete more in 2013 than 2012. Cain's a nice player, but Belt's upside is higher. The PT is worrisome, but he played well at Triple-A last year, and I'd have to think he gets a real shot this season. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What young player(s) on the Royals are you most excited about?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Massachusetts)
Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon (does he still count?), Greg Holland. I'm curious to see if Lorenzo Cain is the real deal. Now that the Royals have some legitimate hitting stars on the corners again, I'd really like to see them solidify the middle of the defense with players who can contribute on both sides of the ball. Obviously the Royals aren't going to have every position filled with a star, but if Cain can be a solid regular in the field and in the lineup, that helps a lot. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can Lorenzo Cain play an acceptable MLB centerfield? And is he the Royals best option for CF next year?
(Paul from DC)
Yes and Yes and I'm baffled as to why the Royals seem intent on burying him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)When should we expect to see some of the more advanced prospects that seem to be ready such as Desmond Jennings, Brandon Allen, Lorenzo Cain called up?
(tsq3373 from CT)
The talk I've heard from the Rays guys has been that Jennings should be up in July after Super Two is safely past, since he has some service time already.

In general, I'm probably not your guy for prospect questions, but I'll try to answer if I know anything. (Mike Fast)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's Lorenzo Cain's 25th birthday. Is there any room for him in KC's bright future ?
(Jordan from DC)
Yes. Not a star, but he can provide a service for an affordable price at a position of need. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can Lorenzo Cain hit .280 / .360 / .400 this year?
(baseball from usa)
He can at least come close to that. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben Is Omar Infante a starter next year? Also, who starts for the Brewers, Lorenzo Cain or Carlos Gomez? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Marc Normandin informs me that he totally knew Infante would be a productive full-time player before the Braves did. Infante has an affordable club option for next season that will almost certainly be picked up, but he'd have to beat out another capable player in Martin Prado to start at second. Shedding Alex Gonzalez and starting Infante at short might be the best possible alignment with the Braves' current assets.

As for the Brewers situation--sounds like a spring training battle to me! I'll give you the Brewers fan perspective if I get a chance to ask one before the chat is over.

As for thr B (Ben Lindbergh)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)What’s the deal with Lorenzo Cain? He seems to be hitting a lot better now that he’s out of Brevard County; is he a legit sleeper at this point or will his K rate doom him?
(TomG from Salem)
The guy is a pretty crazy athlete, so that allows for a little more optimism. I'm certainly keeping an eye on him and he's more than a ligit sleeper, he's a prospect. (Kevin Goldstein)


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