When you think of great center fielders in the past couple of decades you probably think about Torii Hunter, Jim Edmonds and maybe even Andruw Jones. In Kansas City Royals territory they are hoping that one day the name Lorenzo Cain gets added to that list. His numbers have been less than spectacular at the major league level but he is just getting his feet under him. Does he have the potential to go from a good center fielder to an elite center fielder? I think so.
All numbers have to be looked at through the context of how they were put up. For Cain, any big league numbers he has have come during a shortened season for one reason or another. The most time he has spent with a big club was last year’s sixty-one games with the Royals. And yet he still makes quite an impression when you study him. He has a quick powerful looking swing that makes a lot of noise when it connects with a good pitch to hit. When healthy he has been awesome in center field.
Can we say that a player who has seven homers and thirty-one runs batted in as career bests really could be a great hitter? Sure, why not. In the minors his career average was just below.300 and in his nearly full season at triple-A he put up over twenty homers and eighty-one RBI. The stroke is there if he gets the playing time and is able to adjust to major league pitching over a full season. He is healthy and ready to go this year as are the exciting revamped Royals. It will be a great chance to see what Cain is made of.