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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
334 .273 6 37 34 14 .264 1.9
Birth Date4-13-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age30 years, 2 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.22012
1.52013
2.92014
6.72015
3.92016
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 6/30/2016 08:46 ET | Royals Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
KCA DH 2 5 19 .273 37 6 34 14 .323 .401 1.9 .264
KCA CF 3 80 297 .273 37 6 34 14 .323 .401 1.9 .264
KCA CF 4 5 18 .273 37 6 34 14 .323 .401 1.9 .264
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals90334.2733763414.323.4011.9.264

MLB Statistics

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 11.8 3.4 1.6
2011 KCA 25 6 23 22 4 6 1 0 0 7 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .273 .304 .318 .216 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2012 KCA 26 61 244 222 27 59 9 2 7 93 15 56 3 4 0 31 10 0 .266 .316 .419 .265 8.4 3.0 1.2
2013 KCA 27 115 442 399 54 100 21 3 4 139 33 90 4 6 0 46 14 6 .251 .310 .348 .245 3.9 9.8 1.5
2014 KCA 28 133 502 471 55 142 29 4 5 194 24 108 4 3 53 28 5 .301 .339 .412 .269 19.7 6.5 2.9
2015 KCA 29 140 604 551 101 169 34 6 16 263 37 98 12 4 0 72 28 6 .307 .361 .477 .301 45.4 17.2 6.7
2016 KCA 30 73 307 286 39 83 12 0 8 119 19 64 1 1 0 39 6 4 .290 .336 .416 .260 10.3 8.2 2.0
Career571228020982976041171641876138448251902559322.288.336.418.27299.347.715.8

Statistics for All Levels

'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 .232 .293 .382 .442 .000 .278 100 -0.6 0.6 -0.3 1.3 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
2006 WVA A 132 603 .280 .258 .335 .380 .000 .372 109 10.3 14.0 -5 48.0 2.8 22.2 7.3 22.2 7.3
2007 BRV A+ 126 533 .250 .268 .337 .393 .000 .339 95 -6.3 17.2 -3.8 13.9 -0.4 6.8 2.0 6.8 2.0
2008 BRV A+ 80 356 .283 .255 .328 .374 .000 .346 99 8.9 10.5 -3.3 7.0 0.3 16.5 2.3 16.5 2.3
2008 HUN AA 40 172 .282 .265 .346 .396 .000 .356 108 4.1 5.1 0.4 -0.2 -0.3 9.3 0.9 9.3 0.9
2008 NAS AAA 6 22 .178 .280 .340 .437 .000 .231 110 -2.1 0.7 -0.2 -0.7 0.1 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2009 WIS A 15 61 .232 .261 .335 .380 .000 .270 106 -1.8 1.8 0.2 0.0 -1.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2009 HUN AA 42 160 .222 .253 .328 .376 .000 .252 94 -7 4.9 0.4 1.1 0.6 -1.1 -0.0 -1.1 -0.0
2009 BRR Rk 3 11 .403 .243 .318 .325 .000 .444 96 1.8 0.3 0 0.1 -0.0 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2010 MIL MLB 43 158 .293 .251 .322 .391 .000 .370 96 5.2 4.4 0.3 3.4 1.9 11.8 1.6 11.8 1.6
2010 HUN AA 62 280 .308 .264 .337 .392 .000 .400 100 14.4 8.1 0.6 -0.9 3.6 26.7 2.6 26.7 2.6
2010 NAS AAA 22 100 .253 .282 .348 .445 .000 .366 107 -0.8 3.0 0.3 2.5 1.3 3.7 0.6 3.7 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 6 23 .216 .287 .330 .450 .000 .333 104 -1 0.6 -0.1 -0.4 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2 -0.1
2011 OMA AAA 128 549 .300 .283 .352 .444 .000 .366 99 26.2 17.0 -0.6 -0.5 0.6 43.2 4.1 43.2 4.1
2012 KCA MLB 61 244 .265 .257 .316 .404 .000 .319 101 1.1 6.7 0.1 3.0 0.6 8.4 1.2 8.4 1.2
2012 NWA AA 7 24 .230 .238 .303 .368 .000 .235 102 -0.7 0.7 -0.1 -0.4 0.2 0.0 -0.0 0.0 -0.0
2012 OMA AAA 7 31 .307 .261 .330 .397 .000 .333 95 1.6 0.9 -0.1 -0.7 -0.5 2.0 0.1 2.0 0.1
2013 KCA MLB 115 442 .245 .255 .317 .399 .000 .309 100 -6.4 11.6 0 9.8 -1.3 3.9 1.5 3.9 1.5
2014 KCA MLB 133 502 .269 .254 .311 .389 .000 .380 103 4.2 12.9 -0.7 6.5 3.2 19.7 2.9 19.7 2.9
2014 OMA AAA 2 7 .006 .259 .323 .405 .000 .000 99 -2 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2015 KCA MLB 140 604 .301 .255 .313 .409 .000 .347 101 23.9 16.3 1.2 17.2 4.0 45.4 6.7 45.4 6.7
2016 KCA MLB 73 307 .260 .257 .315 .416 .262 .349 100 0.1 8.3 0.8 8.2 1.2 10.3 2.0 10.3 2.0

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 .232 0.0 1.3 0.1
2006 WVA A 603 91 162 36 4 6 60 58 104 34 11 .307 .386 .425 .118 .280 22.2 48.0 7.3
2007 BRV A+ 533 67 133 21 3 2 44 37 97 24 9 .276 .336 .344 .068 .250 6.8 13.9 2.0
2008 BRV A+ 356 50 91 22 4 7 41 29 68 19 4 .287 .359 .448 .161 .283 16.5 7.0 2.3
2008 HUN AA 172 21 41 9 5 4 17 19 41 6 2 .277 .365 .486 .209 .282 9.3 -0.2 0.9
2008 NAS AAA 22 0 3 0 0 0 2 3 6 0 0 .158 .273 .158 .000 .178 -1.5 -0.7 -0.2
2009 BRR Rk 11 1 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .444 .500 .556 .111 .403 2.1 0.1 0.2
2009 WIS A 61 3 10 4 0 0 3 9 15 0 0 .192 .311 .269 .077 .232 -0.9 0.0 -0.1
2009 HUN AA 160 17 31 6 0 4 15 10 35 3 3 .214 .277 .338 .124 .222 -1.1 1.1 -0.0
2010 MIL MLB 158 17 45 11 1 1 13 9 28 7 1 .306 .348 .415 .109 .293 11.8 3.4 1.6
2010 HUN AA 280 45 79 6 6 3 18 34 52 21 2 .324 .407 .434 .111 .308 26.7 -0.9 2.6
2010 NAS AAA 100 13 26 5 3 0 9 11 17 5 1 .299 .380 .425 .126 .253 3.7 2.5 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 23 4 6 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .273 .304 .318 .045 .216 -0.2 -0.4 -0.1
2011 OMA AAA 549 84 152 28 7 16 81 40 102 16 6 .312 .380 .497 .185 .300 43.2 -0.5 4.1
2012 NWA AA 24 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 .208 .208 .375 .167 .230 0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 KCA MLB 244 27 59 9 2 7 31 15 56 10 0 .266 .316 .419 .153 .265 8.4 3.0 1.2
2012 OMA AAA 31 4 9 3 0 1 6 2 4 0 0 .321 .355 .536 .214 .307 2.0 -0.7 0.1
2013 KCA MLB 442 54 100 21 3 4 46 33 90 14 6 .251 .310 .348 .098 .245 3.9 9.8 1.5
2014 KCA MLB 502 55 142 29 4 5 53 24 108 28 5 .301 .339 .412 .110 .269 19.7 6.5 2.9
2014 OMA AAA 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .006 -1.9 -0.1 -0.2
2015 KCA MLB 604 101 169 34 6 16 72 37 98 28 6 .307 .361 .477 .171 .301 45.4 17.2 6.7
2016 KCA MLB 307 39 83 12 0 8 39 19 64 6 4 .290 .336 .416 .126 .260 10.3 8.2 2.0

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 642 0.5389 0.4642 0.8121 0.6040 0.3007 0.8612 0.6966 0.1879 285 0.004019
2011 83 0.5422 0.5060 0.7619 0.6889 0.2895 0.9032 0.3636 0.2381 34 0.002607
2012 1001 0.4965 0.4336 0.7419 0.5755 0.2937 0.8776 0.4797 0.2581 472 0.006908
2013 1743 0.5003 0.4400 0.8018 0.6101 0.2698 0.8966 0.5872 0.1982 807 0.011524
2014 1830 0.4874 0.4923 0.7580 0.6626 0.3305 0.8849 0.5161 0.2420 748 0.004402
2015 2282 0.4663 0.4952 0.8088 0.6861 0.3284 0.8877 0.6650 0.1912 948 -0.003950
2016 1208 0.4785 0.4942 0.7571 0.6920 0.3127 0.8500 0.5685 0.2429 0 0.000000
Career87890.48860.47430.78190.64840.30870.88080.58370.2181636.82340.0033

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 KCA $11,000,000
2016 KCA $6,500,000
2015 KCA $2,725,000
2014 KCA $546,000
2013 KCA $503,175
2012 KCA $480,850
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,255,025
2011Current$6,500,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$10,755,025
1 yrFuture$11,000,000
6 yrTotal$21,755,025

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 74 dJoshua Kusnick2 years/$17.5M (2016-17)

Details
  • 2 years/$17.5M (2016-17). Signed extension with Kansas City 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration, $7.85M-$5M). 16:$6.5M, 17:$11M.
  • 1 year/$2.725M (2015). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/3/15 (avoided arbitration, $3.6M-$2M). Performance bonus: $50,000 for 505 plate appearances. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star.
  • 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).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 648 79 176 35 6 12 71 42 125 30 7 .300 .354 .443 .289 38.1 CF 14 5.6
80o 633 75 167 34 6 11 68 40 124 29 7 .289 .343 .428 .280 31.3 CF 13 4.9
70o 623 72 161 32 6 11 65 38 124 28 6 .282 .334 .416 .273 26.6 CF 13 4.3
60o 614 70 155 31 5 11 63 37 123 27 6 .275 .327 .407 .267 22.7 CF 13 3.9
50o 605 68 149 30 5 10 61 36 123 26 6 .269 .321 .398 .262 19.1 CF 13 3.5
40o 596 66 144 29 5 10 59 34 122 25 6 .263 .314 .389 .256 15.7 CF 13 3.1
30o 587 63 140 28 5 10 57 33 122 24 6 .257 .307 .379 .251 12.1 CF 12 2.7
20o 577 61 133 27 5 9 55 32 121 23 5 .249 .298 .368 .244 8.0 CF 12 2.2
10o 562 57 124 25 4 9 52 30 120 21 5 .239 .287 .353 .234 2.5 CF 12 1.6
Weighted Mean60668149305106136123266.270.322.399.26319.6CF 133.5

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 6/30/2016 09:42 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 388 49 109 21 3 8 44 26 73 19 4 .311 .365 .459 .298 25.5 CF 8 3.7
80o 369 45 100 19 3 7 41 24 72 17 4 .298 .351 .439 .286 19.9 CF 8 3.0
70o 356 42 94 18 3 7 38 22 70 16 4 .288 .340 .425 .278 16.2 CF 8 2.6
60o 345 40 88 17 3 6 36 21 69 15 4 .280 .331 .412 .271 13.2 CF 7 2.2
50o 334 38 84 16 3 6 34 20 68 14 3 .273 .323 .401 .264 10.5 CF 7 1.9
40o 323 36 79 15 2 6 32 19 66 14 3 .265 .315 .390 .257 8.0 CF 7 1.6
30o 312 34 73 14 2 5 31 17 65 13 3 .257 .306 .378 .250 5.4 CF 7 1.3
20o 299 31 68 13 2 5 28 16 63 12 3 .248 .295 .364 .241 2.7 CF 6 1.0
10o 280 28 61 12 2 4 26 14 60 10 2 .235 .281 .345 .229 -0.8 CF 6 0.6
Weighted Mean33739851636352068153.275.326.405.26611.3CF 72.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 45% 6% 16% 97%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 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
2017315616113528410583211822.263.313.393.2552.913.92.10.913.9-3.012.9
201832539581302649543011220.261.312.384.2522.611.31.70.713.3-4.412.4
201933522551252548512810917.260.309.380.2492.39.41.40.512.9-5.512.0
202034483511142247472610314.255.304.370.2451.96.10.90.411.9-7.111.1
202135502541202449512811013.260.309.387.2512.28.80.70.212.4-4.611.6
202236481521142248482710711.257.306.379.2481.96.60.40.111.9-5.811.1
20233745748107214846251019.254.303.377.2461.75.20.2-0.011.3-6.310.5
2024384334510120374223967.253.302.370.2431.53.5-0.0-0.210.7-7.010.0
202539413439619364022926.251.300.368.2421.32.5-0.1-0.310.2-7.49.5

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 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
2017316257215829314683613325.272.320.403.2603.216.82.4-1.015.30.013.1
2018325996815026213643312822.270.317.394.2562.913.81.9-1.115.3-2.312.5
2019335916714827212633112520.270.315.394.2562.712.61.6-1.214.7-2.512.4
2020345435913522211552711616.264.307.377.2482.06.81.1-1.313.0-6.011.4
2021356017115529316713213816.277.320.425.2653.317.70.8-1.615.33.212.6
2022366217315625217723215214.269.311.408.2582.812.90.5-1.815.3-1.213.0
2023376337615629321793215712.264.305.431.2633.115.40.2-2.015.31.913.2
2024386097215327217713314910.269.313.412.2592.812.6-0.0-2.115.3-0.612.7

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
22.812.621.52.81.29.860.9

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20156.79.49.411.33.10.140

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Marlon Byrd 2008 .282
2 88 Rajai Davis 2011 .222
3 87 Aaron Rowand 2008 .266
4 86 Alejandro De Aza 2014 .255
5 86 Angel Pagan 2012 .289
6 85 Larry Bigbie 2008 .000 DNP
7 85 Brennan Boesch 2015 .148
8 84 Franklin Gutierrez 2013 .289
9 84 Eric Byrnes 2006 .264
10 84 Ben Francisco 2012 .242
11 83 David Murphy 2012 .307
12 83 Fred Lewis 2011 .242
13 83 Will Venable 2013 .281
14 82 Roger Bernadina 2014 .220
15 82 Vernon Wells 2009 .247
16 82 Jason Michaels 2006 .241
17 82 Craig Monroe 2007 .217
18 82 Alex Rios 2011 .215
19 82 Shane Mack 1994 .308
20 81 Bobby Thomson 1954 .252
21 81 Jon Jay 2015 .214
22 81 Nyjer Morgan 2011 .269
23 81 Chris Heisey 2015 .266
24 81 Ryan Spilborghs 2010 .278
25 81 Michael Bourn 2013 .251
26 80 Carl Crawford 2012 .266
27 80 John Mayberry 2014 .274
28 80 Jacoby Ellsbury 2014 .275
29 80 Gabe Gross 2010 .227
30 80 Ellis Burks 1995 .260
31 80 Reed Johnson 2007 .225
32 80 Corey Patterson 2010 .243
33 80 Torii Hunter 2006 .269
34 80 Allen Craig 2015 .181
35 79 Melvin Upton 2015 .283
36 79 Emilio Bonifacio 2015 .149
37 79 Scott Podsednik 2006 .232
38 79 Mike Aviles 2011 .239
39 79 Jackie Brandt 1964 .252
40 79 Mitch Maier 2012 .214
41 79 Cesar Cedeno 1981 .275
42 79 Chris Denorfia 2011 .263
43 79 Ryan Sweeney 2015 .000 DNP
44 79 Chris Dickerson 2012 .347
45 79 Nate Schierholtz 2014 .215
46 79 Brett Gardner 2014 .276
47 79 Amos Otis 1977 .278
48 79 Dwight Smith 1994 .272
49 79 Chris Young 2014 .265
50 79 Hunter Pence 2013 .294
51 79 Mike Devereaux 1993 .245
52 79 Michael Cuddyer 2009 .283
53 79 Dave May 1974 .225
54 78 Lloyd Moseby 1990 .260
55 78 Scott Hairston 2010 .263
56 78 Vada Pinson 1969 .264
57 78 Ben Zobrist 2011 .299
58 78 Drew Stubbs 2015 .218
59 78 Marquis Grissom 1997 .247
60 78 Ty Wigginton 2008 .290
61 78 Robb Quinlan 2007 .228
62 78 Mitch Webster 1989 .260
63 78 Gregor Blanco 2014 .272
64 78 Dustan Mohr 2006 .212
65 78 Rick Ankiel 2010 .248
66 78 Nate McLouth 2012 .248
67 78 Manny Mota 1968 .277
68 78 Felipe Alou 1965 .300
69 78 Leon Roberts 1981 .291
70 78 Xavier Nady 2009 .225
71 78 Lew Ford 2007 .246
72 78 Ryan Church 2009 .259
73 78 Kevin Mench 2008 .247
74 78 Hoot Evers 1951 .266
75 78 Jim Landis 1964 .226
76 78 Ken Griffey 1980 .299
77 78 Mickey Rivers 1979 .268
78 78 Jeff Francoeur 2014 .141
79 78 Chet Lemon 1985 .286
80 78 Danny Valencia 2015 .297
81 78 Jacob Brumfield 1995 .258
82 78 Lee Maye 1965 .249
83 78 Jeff Baker 2011 .248
84 78 Coco Crisp 2010 .281
85 78 Nolan Reimold 2014 .268
86 78 Ryan Langerhans 2010 .275
87 78 Shane Victorino 2011 .315
88 77 Pete Rose 1971 .305
89 77 Seth Smith 2013 .265
90 77 Jerry Mumphrey 1983 .288
91 77 Jim Northrup 1970 .285
92 77 Kenny Lofton 1997 .293
93 77 John Baker 2011 .173
94 77 Joe Mather 2013 .000 DNP
95 77 Cody Ross 2011 .275
96 77 Larry Walker 1997 .346
97 77 Jim Edmonds 2000 .318
98 77 Casey McGehee 2013 .000 DNP
99 77 Craig Gentry 2014 .249
100 77 Carlos Beltran 2007 .297

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .319 .373 .514 .317
11 vs R (Multi) .288 .336 .412 .271
18 Split (Multi) -.030 -.037 -.102 -.046
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .335 .391 .568 .339
31 vs R (2015) .292 .346 .432 .281
38 Split (2015) -.043 -.045 -.136 -.058
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Cain was able to build on his breakout 2014 postseason with an electrifying campaign that placed him among the best in baseball at the plate, on the basepaths and in center field. He's the modern-day master of the Mad Dash Home, with instant acceleration and long strides that make him a joy to watch whether he's stealing bases, scoring from first on a single or laying out to rob someone of a double in the gap. At the plate he made more frequent hard contact, leading to fewer strikeouts and a 65-point jump in his slugging percentage, and the ball made more frequent hard contact with him, leading to a HBP-fueled bump in his on-base percentage. None of this seems like a fluke, and with two years left before hitting free agency Cain currently ranks among the most valuable commodities in baseball.
2015 It wasn't quite Brooks Robinson circa 1970, but Cain put on a show in the playoffs that was the talk of baseball. The ALCS MVP was a human highlight reel in center field, making spectacular diving catches and running down gappers with ease. At the plate, Cain hit line drives all over the yard and posted a .333/.388/.417 playoff line, building on a successful season that saw him hit for a high average and become an elite threat on the bases. He doesn't draw walks or hit for power, and he's not likely to duplicate last season's high batting average on balls in play, but his speed and defense should more than make up for any regression from his bat.
2014 The oft-injured Cain managed to stay in the lineup for four months before he missed time due to injury. That was progress. He doesn’t walk or reach base enough to be a leadoff hitter and doesn’t hit with enough power to bat in the heart of the order. The swing can get long and he will fish outside the zone for the fastball. Cain's value lies in the leather, and various metrics had him as the AL’s best defensive center fielder. He tracks the ball well, gets great jumps and has the speed to make up for his rare mistakes. For some reason, the Royals had him in right field down the stretch. Typical.
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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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Fantasy Verdict: Duvall You Believe?J.P. Breen2016-06-22
Rubbing Mud: What'll It Take to Make the Royals Sellers? Matthew Trueblood2016-06-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessIn-Season Fantasy Valuations: First Edition, 2016Mike Gianella2016-06-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300Mike Gianella2016-05-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Draft Rankings: The Updated Top 300Bret Sayre2016-05-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Fantasy Verdict: Gattis and Catcher EligibilityJ.P. Breen2016-05-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessUpdating the Tiers: OutfieldersBret Sayre2016-05-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: What Happened to Last Year's Hot StartersMike Gianella2016-05-13
What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The RoyalsNicolas Stellini2016-05-11
What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound ShuffleDaniel Rathman2016-05-10
What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not TonightNicolas Stellini2016-05-04
What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look SmartDaniel Rathman2016-05-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Art of the StealMike Gianella2016-04-22
Prospectus Feature: Pre-Season Staff PredictionsBP Staff2016-04-04
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 84: The Model PortfolioMike Gianella2016-03-31
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 84: The Model PortfolioGeorge Bissell2016-03-31
Fantasy Staff Picks: Breakouts, Busts, and Bold PredictionsBP Fantasy Staff2016-03-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMy Model Portfolio: $30-Plus Players Need Not ApplyMatt Collins2016-03-29
Expert League Auction Recap: Tout Wars MixedBret Sayre2016-03-21
Fifth Column: Davey Lopes, But His Players Run Like CrazyMichael Baumann2016-03-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Auction Values: Fantasy Auction Values, Second Edition 2016Mike Gianella2016-03-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300Bret Sayre2016-03-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300Mike Gianella2016-03-17
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 66: No Springer ChickenGeorge Bissell2016-03-11
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 66: No Springer ChickenBret Sayre2016-03-11
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 66: No Springer ChickenBen Carsley2016-03-11
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 66: No Springer ChickenCraig Goldstein2016-03-11
Expert League Auction Recap: American League LABRMike Gianella2016-03-08
Winter Is Leaving: Kansas City RoyalsCraig Brown2016-03-04
Outta Left Field: The Remarkable Buxton ProjectionDustin Palmateer2016-03-02
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 79: Don't Besmirch Marcell OzunaBret Sayre2016-02-24
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 79: Don't Besmirch Marcell OzunaGeorge Bissell2016-02-24
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 79: Don't Besmirch Marcell OzunaMike Gianella2016-02-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Auction Values: First Edition, 2016Mike Gianella2016-02-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessPlayer Profile: Mookie BettsJ.P. Breen2016-02-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 125 Outfielders, Part One: 1-25Bret Sayre2016-02-22
Expert League Draft Recap: LABR Mixed 2016Mike Gianella2016-02-19
Expert League Draft Recap: LABR Mixed 2016Bret Sayre2016-02-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 76: OutfieldersIan Lefkowitz2016-02-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 76: OutfieldersJared Weiss2016-02-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 76: OutfieldersBen Murphy2016-02-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 40 OutfieldersGreg Wellemeyer2016-02-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessPlayer Profile: Adam EatonJ.J. Jansons2016-02-18
2016 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2016-02-17
2016 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe -Only League Landscape: American League OutfieldersMike Gianella2016-02-17
Pebble Hunting: PECOTA Hates the Royals, Part IISam Miller2016-02-16
Fifth Column: How To Make Money Betting on PECOTAMichael Baumann2016-02-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders, Part One: 1-30J.P. Breen2016-02-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessEarly ADP Analysis: OutfieldersGeorge Bissell2016-02-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessState of the Position: OutfieldMike Gianella2016-02-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Players to Target: OutfieldersBP Fantasy Staff2016-02-15
Outta Left Field: The Case for Ripping Up Sal Perez's ContractDustin Palmateer2016-02-04
BP Unfiltered: Rooting Against Chaos, Rooting Against Ian KennedyPatrick Dubuque2016-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Upton a Luxury the Tigers can AffordMatthew Trueblood2016-01-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, InningsJ.P. Breen2016-01-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Innings, Innings, InningsWilson Karaman2016-01-18
Internet Baseball Awards: FinSam Miller2016-01-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: A Look at Preliminary ADP DataWilson Karaman2016-01-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Runs Scored: Over/UnderachieversKeith Cromer2015-12-09
Ducks on the Pond: The Houston Astros and the Outfield CreepChris Mosch2015-12-04
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessRetrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League HittersMike Gianella2015-12-01
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: Overlooking TroutMatthew Trueblood2015-11-19
2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-11-18
2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsChristopher Crawford2015-11-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessRetrospective Player Valuation: AL HittersMike Gianella2015-11-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Batting Average: The General LandscapeMatt Collins2015-11-17
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central ShrugMatthew Trueblood2015-11-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessPlayer Profile: Kendrys MoralesJ.J. Jansons2015-11-05
Playoff Prospectus: On All Hallows' Eve, Series Turns on 12-Year AxisRian Watt2015-11-01
Playoff Prospectus: Ned Wins: Assessing The Managers In Game 4Matthew Trueblood2015-11-01
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 PreviewR.J. Anderson2015-11-01
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 PreviewJeffrey Paternostro2015-10-31
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 PreviewSahadev Sharma2015-10-30
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 69: Freddie Freeman DiseaseGeorge Bissell2015-10-29
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 69: Freddie Freeman DiseaseMike Gianella2015-10-29
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 69: Freddie Freeman DiseaseBret Sayre2015-10-29
BP Unfiltered: Suspect Staff Voting in the Internet Baseball AwardsIan Frazer2015-10-29
Playoff Prospectus: Everything Bad Is Good For YouSam Miller2015-10-29
Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel, World Series Game OneChris Mosch2015-10-28
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 PreviewR.J. Anderson2015-10-28
Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game OneMatthew Trueblood2015-10-28
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Mets vs RoyalsJeffrey Paternostro2015-10-27
Ducks on the Pond: The Royals and the Outfield ShiftChris Mosch2015-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: Running To Stay Home: ALCS Game 6R.J. Anderson2015-10-24
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALCS Game 6 PreviewChris Mosch2015-10-23
BP Unfiltered: Everybody Gets A Stupid Outfield Thing!Kate Morrison2015-10-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessPlayer Profile: Lorenzo CainJ.J. Jansons2015-10-22
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for WednesdayRian Watt2015-10-21
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Previews for WednesdayMatthew Trueblood2015-10-21
Playoff Prospectus: The Royal Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!: ALCS Game 4R.J. Anderson2015-10-21
Playoff Prospectus: There He Goes AgainKate Morrison2015-10-20
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS PreviewsChris Mosch2015-10-20
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday LCS PreviewsMike Gianella2015-10-20
Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 3 PreviewMatthew Trueblood2015-10-19
Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game 2 Preview and PECOTA OddsChris Mosch2015-10-17
Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Royals vs. Blue JaysR.J. Anderson2015-10-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Searching for Steals in a Slower EraBen Carsley2015-10-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Searching for Steals in a Slower EraCraig Goldstein2015-10-16
Playoff Prospectus: A Better John/Cueto: ALDS Game 5Matthew Trueblood2015-10-15
Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA OddsMatthew Trueblood2015-10-14
Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 5 Previews and PECOTA OddsJeff Quinton2015-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: The Story of Two Pitchers Left In: ALDS Game 3Matthew Trueblood2015-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 4 PreviewsSam Miller2015-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game 4 PreviewsR.J. Anderson2015-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Sunday Game 3 PreviewsJeff Quinton2015-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Sunday Game 3 PreviewsMatthew Trueblood2015-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Into Science: ALDS Game 2Sam Miller2015-10-10
Transaction Analysis: How the NL Division Winners Got HereBP Staff2015-10-09
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game Two PreviewsSam Miller2015-10-09
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and ALDS Game Two PreviewsR.J. Anderson2015-10-09
Transaction Analysis: How the AL Division Champs Got HereBP Staff2015-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Astros vs. RoyalsSam Miller2015-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: FinDaniel Rathman2015-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: FinIan Frazer2015-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Chaos ChaseDaniel Rathman2015-09-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 29, 2015Ian Frazer2015-09-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Buyer's Guide: D.J. LeMahieuJ.P. Breen2015-09-28
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 25, 2015Chris Mosch2015-09-25
Fantasy Rounders: Mr. Robinson's NeighborhoodDoug Thorburn2015-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: Royal ScrewupMatthew Trueblood2015-09-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 22Mike Gianella2015-09-04
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 22Keith Cromer2015-09-04
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 3, 2015Ian Frazer2015-09-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDeep League Report: Week 22Keith Cromer2015-09-02
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 25, 2015Chris Mosch2015-08-25
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 19, 2015Chris Mosch2015-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 12, 2015Chris Mosch2015-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 11, 2015Daniel Rathman2015-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessDucks on the Pond: The Kiermaier CanChris Mosch2015-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Dayton HammerMike Gianella2015-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Dayton HammerMatthew Trueblood2015-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Dayton HammerChristopher Crawford2015-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 22, 2015Chris Mosch2015-07-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 16Keith Cromer2015-07-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 16Greg Wellemeyer2015-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessPitching Backward: Advance Scouting the All-Star Game: American LeagueJeff Long2015-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 13, 2015Ian Frazer2015-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: June 8, 2015Steven Jacobson2015-06-08
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Bryant vs. HarperChris Mosch2015-05-27
BP Wrigleyville: On Kris Bryant's PatienceSahadev Sharma2015-05-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Evolution of Lucas DudaGreg Wellemeyer2015-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: Royal ChangeMatthew Trueblood2015-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: 8 2/3Steven Jacobson2015-05-18
Fantasy Rounders: Tiger SharkDoug Thorburn2015-05-05
Fantasy Rounders: Yard SaleDoug Thorburn2015-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !Daniel Rathman2015-04-29
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Worst Holes On ContendersMatthew Trueblood2015-04-27
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Shenanigans!Daniel Rathman2015-04-24
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Fiiiiiiiiiiight!Ian Frazer2015-04-20
The Week in Quotes: April 13-19, 2015Nick Wheatley-Schaller2015-04-20
The Week in Quotes: April 13-19, 2015Chris Mosch2015-04-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Streaming Two-Start PitchersJ.P. Breen2015-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: April 13, 2015Ian Frazer2015-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Definitely HarveyChris Mosch2015-04-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Darkhorses: Steals and SavesBP Fantasy Staff2015-03-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Draft Rankings: The Top 300Mike Gianella2015-03-20
Expert League Auction Recap: LABR American LeagueMike Gianella2015-03-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 125 OutfieldersBret Sayre2015-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe -Only League Landscape: American League OutfieldersNick Shlain2015-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersIan Lefkowitz2015-02-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersJared Weiss2015-02-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Adjuster: OutfieldersWilson Karaman2015-02-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Three-Year Projections: Outfielders (41-90)Craig Goldstein2015-02-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Tiered Rankings: Outfielders 31-60Nick Shlain2015-02-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessState of the Position: OutfieldMike Gianella2015-02-09
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-26
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsNick J. Faleris2015-01-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Stop Looking for Sleepers, Start Looking for ValueMike Gianella2015-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMoonshot: In Search of Pedro CerranoRobert Arthur2014-12-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Shortening Your Dynasty RebuildJ.P. Breen2014-12-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Negotiating Nick Markakis' DefenseSam Miller2014-12-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Negotiating Nick Markakis' DefenseNick Shlain2014-12-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Surprisingly High Price of NostalgiaNick Shlain2014-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Surprisingly High Price of NostalgiaSahadev Sharma2014-12-03
An Agent's Take: When the Smallest Transactions are the BiggestJoshua Kusnick2014-11-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Kansas City RoyalsBen Carsley2014-11-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessRetrospective Player Valuation: American League HittersMike Gianella2014-11-11
Internet Baseball Awards: The 2014 Internet Baseball Award WinnersCraig Goldstein2014-11-08
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Bum DealDoug Thorburn2014-10-31
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 7 PreviewSam Miller2014-10-29
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Six PreviewSahadev Sharma2014-10-28
Playoff Prospectus: Mad CoolSam Miller2014-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up BigSahadev Sharma2014-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: Never-Wrong Ned?R.J. Anderson2014-10-27
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four PreviewSahadev Sharma2014-10-25
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 PreviewsR.J. Anderson2014-10-24
Playoff Prospectus: A Decade of Planning an Overnight SuccessMiles Wray2014-10-24
Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked ArrivalSahadev Sharma2014-10-23
Playoff Prospectus: Royals Spit Hot Fire: World Series Game 2Zachary Levine2014-10-23
Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two PreviewZachary Levine2014-10-22
Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Giants vs. RoyalsSam Miller2014-10-21
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4Sahadev Sharma2014-10-16
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four PreviewsR.J. Anderson2014-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four PreviewsSahadev Sharma2014-10-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Playoff Spotlight: Lorenzo CainJ.P. Breen2014-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Every Choice Ned Yost Must Make: ALCS Game 3Sam Miller2014-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three PreviewsSahadev Sharma2014-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three PreviewsDoug Thorburn2014-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: The Greatest Defensive Outfield In History: ALCS Game 2Sam Miller2014-10-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 1 - American LeagueMike Gianella2014-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday PreviewsSam Miller2014-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Saturday PreviewsR.J. Anderson2014-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALCS Series Preview: Royals vs. OriolesSam Miller2014-10-10
The Week in Quotes: September 30-October 5Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-10-06
The Week in Quotes: September 30-October 5Chris Mosch2014-10-06
The Week in Quotes: September 30-October 5Nick Bacarella2014-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: A Royal ShockerJ.P. Breen2014-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 PreviewsR.J. Anderson2014-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game 3 PreviewsSam Miller2014-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game PreviewsDoug Thorburn2014-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game PreviewsSahadev Sharma2014-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game PreviewsMike Gianella2014-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game PreviewsJ.P. Breen2014-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game PreviewsJeff Quinton2014-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Angels vs. RoyalsSam Miller2014-10-02
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game PreviewR.J. Anderson2014-09-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 25Mike Gianella2014-09-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 25Bret Sayre2014-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 18, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 16, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 24Mike Gianella2014-09-11
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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 9, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-09
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 29, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-29
This article requires BP Premium accessBaseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the RoyalsRussell A. Carleton2014-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 15, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 12, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMoonshot: Separating the Phenoms Who'll Make It From Those Who Won'tRobert Arthur2014-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 25, 2014Chris Mosch2014-07-25
Moonshot: Dale Sveum and the Royals RemedyRobert Arthur2014-06-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 12Mike Gianella2014-06-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 12Bret Sayre2014-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Royals Roll OnDaniel Rathman2014-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Rays Sink to the BottomChris Mosch2014-06-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week EightMike Gianella2014-05-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week EightBret Sayre2014-05-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMy Model Portfolio: Stars and ScrubsMike Gianella2014-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewNick Wheatley-Schaller2014-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: AL Central 2014 Preseason PreviewBen Lindbergh2014-03-26
Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason PreviewSam Miller2014-03-24
Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason PreviewWill Woods2014-03-24
The Darkhorses: Stolen BasesBP Fantasy Staff2014-03-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Fantasy Prospects of 2014: Part Two: 51-101Bret Sayre2014-03-04
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersBen Murphy2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersIan Lefkowitz2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: OutfieldersJared Weiss2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 120 OutfieldersBret Sayre2014-02-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMock Auction Analysis: AL- and NL-Only Mike Gianella2014-02-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Three-Year Projections: OutfieldersCraig Goldstein2014-02-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Tiered Rankings: OutfieldersMike Gianella2014-02-18
This article requires BP Premium accessAn Agent's Take: Three Ways to Work in BaseballJoshua Kusnick2014-02-11
Transaction Analysis: Omar Comin'Bret Sayre2013-12-16
Transaction Analysis: Omar Comin'Ben Lindbergh2013-12-16
Baseball ProGUESTus: What Happened to the Twins?Elliot Mann2013-12-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Mixed-League Hitter ValuationMike Gianella2013-12-10
Transaction Analysis: Royals Make Trade That Even Internet Can't CriticizeBen Lindbergh2013-12-06
Transaction Analysis: Royals Make Trade That Even Internet Can't CriticizeMike Gianella2013-12-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Kansas City RoyalsCraig Goldstein2013-11-25
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One Move: American League EastBen Carsley2013-11-06
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 21, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-21
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Other Guys, Part OneMike Gianella2013-09-09
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 5, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-05
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: The Final 2013 InstallmentBret Sayre2013-08-20
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 19, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Checking Back in on the Graduated Perch DwellersBret Sayre2013-08-13
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-11
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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 28, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-28
Fantasy Mailbag: Getting the Best DealBP Fantasy Staff2013-07-12
Painting the Black: Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and InterventionR.J. Anderson2013-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Most Surprising Team Performances So FarBen Lindbergh2013-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: A Royal Rotation SurpriseDaniel Rathman2013-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 13, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-13
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 9, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: One Small Step for Kansas City, One Giant Leap for Lineup ConstructionBen Lindbergh2013-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 7, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-07
Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/1Ben Lindbergh2013-06-01
BP Unfiltered: The Royals and Two Weeks of Warning Track PowerBen Lindbergh2013-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-24
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BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/10Ben Lindbergh2013-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 5, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-05
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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 5x5, 12-team Roto league and we keep six each season. After keeping Trout, Donaldson, Rizzo, Scherzer and Arrieta, do I go with Lorenzo Cain, Troy Tulowitzki or Gerrit Cole as my last keeper?
(Matt from DC)
I'd keep Cole in that format. I like Cain better in a deeper league, but even in today's speed starved context you can find steals on the waiver wire. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Lorenzo Cain rank for you among OFers? He's seemed to show that he's for real, do you think he can come close to his numbers from last year?
(Greg32 from Tacoma)
I'm a big fan of his and have been taking him fairly early in both mock drafts I've done so far. I have him in my Top 10, which is way more aggressive than his NFBC ranking (17 among OF) but I think Cain will maintain his steals and even if he hits 10 home runs, that's great for fantasy. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Which breakout CF would you rather hold onto in a dynasty, Pollock or Cain? Which one do you believe in more going forward?
(Nathan from Grand Rapids)
I'll go with Cain. He's performed at a high level before and there's reason to believe he can continue his production. Also I really love Lorenzo Cain. (Mauricio Rubio)
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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