Rising Stock: Lorenzo Cain

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Back in 2010 the Royals traded ace pitcher Zach Greinke to the Brewers for 4 players including Lorenzo Cain.  Last season KC’s outfield positions were all held by players having excellent, if not career years, Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera, and Jeff Francoeur.  This off season Kansas City sold high on Melky Cabrera and bought low on Jonathan Sanchez, making the swap with San Francisco last November.  The move opened up center field for Cain, who has looked awesome so far this spring.

Through March 22nd, he is hitting .486/.537/1.000, and leads the Royals with 4 home runs.

Throughout his minor league career, he has stolen bases at a good rate, and seems to have developing power, though that should be taken with a grain of salt:  Most of his home run power has been in the hitter friendly PCL, and with regards to his spring performance, Arizona is a good place to hit.

Cain was expected to hit in the bottom 3rd of the batting order, but if he continues to hit like he has this spring, there is a chance he could move up to the top of the order, which would provide a nice boost to his fantasy value.

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  1. [...] Cain has been lighting it up this Spring with a great line of .486/.537/.1000 with four homeruns. Take it with a grain of salt since PCL park is very hitter friendly, and his future home with the Royals is opposite that. The KC lineup is [...]

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