Cain in 2012
Kansas City Royals – No. 6
April 13, 1986 |
|July 16, 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||144|
Career highlights and awards
In contrast to most professional ballplayers, Cain did not start playing baseball until his sophomore year in Florida's Madison County High School. He only did so, he said, when he was not chosen for the school basketball team. At the time, Cain didn't even have a baseball glove.
Cain's father died when Lorenzo was four years old. His mother, Patricia, raised him and his brother, and still works at a printing plant in Madison, FL.
Cain was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 amateur draft out of Tallahassee Community College. He began his career in 2005, playing for their Rookie League Helena Brewers and AZL Brewers. In 2006, he was promoted to the Class A West Virginia Power, where he was named to the South Atlantic League's mid and post-season All-Star teams.
Cain was promoted to their Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees in 2007. Beginning the 2008 season in Brevard County, Cain was called up to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on June 10 to replace outfielder Hernán Iribarren, who was recalled by Milwaukee.
Cain was called up to the Brewers when pitcher Doug Davis was placed on the disabled list on July 16, 2010. He made his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves that evening as a pinch-hitter. He was robbed of a hit in his first at-bat due to a diving catch by Braves left fielder Matt Diaz. Two days later, in his next at bat in that same series, he got his first major league hit. He then replaced CF Carlos Gomez for the rest of the game and finished the game 2 for 2 with two singles.
Kansas City Royals
On December 18, 2010, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals with Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress, and Jake Odorizzi for Zack Greinke and Yuniesky Betancourt. Cain was sent down to KC's AAA ball club,the Omaha Storm Chasers, before the start of the 2011 MLB season. On February 18, 2012 the Royals announced they had signed Cain to a one-year contract for the 2012 season. No financial terms of the deal were released.
Cain began 2013 as the starting center fielder, with Jarrod Dyson as the backup. Around late June, Dyson started getting more starts. On August 10, Cain was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, When he returned on September 4, Cain had 14 more starts on the season, 7 in right and 7 in center field. In 115 games (106 starts), Cain hit .251/.310/.348 with 4 HR, 46 RBI and 14 SB.
Cain finished the regular season hitting .301/.339/.412 with 5 HRs (1 inside the park), 4 triples, 29 doubles, 28 SB, 46 RBI, and 55 runs in 133 games. Overall, in the 2014 season, Cain notched twice as many infield hits as he had the year before--this as a result of the work he had done with Al Hobson, track coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College to improve his base-running sprint speed.
In the 2014 ALDS, Cain's defensive play in center field--featuring four spectacular catches in two games--was widely credited with helping the Royals sweep the highly favored Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
In Game 2 of the 2014 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles, Cain added to his postseason highlight reel with yet another stunning, extra-base hit-stealing grab, this one of a J.J. Hardy line drive to right centerfield in the 6th inning to preserve a 4-4 tie. And at the plate, Cain went 4-for-5, tying George Brett's franchise record for most hits in a postseason game, and drove in a 9th-inning run that helped seal the Royals' 6-4 victory over the Orioles, their sixth consecutive win in the 2014 postseason. Cain ultimately ended up winning the ALCS MVP award for his efforts at the plate as well as in the field. He finished with eight hits, five runs, and numerous spectacular defensive plays which helped the Royals to sweep the Orioles and move on to the World Series.
His defensive prowess continued in the 2014 World Series where he made a catch at the wall in Game 1, and 2 spectacular diving catches in Game 3 to help preserve a 3-2 victory for the Royals. In the crucial Game 6, Cain went 2-for-3, with a single, double, and two walks, driving in 3 runs while making another running catch in Kansas City's 10-0 rout of the San Francisco Giants to force a Game 7.
Cain may have been the inspiration for the creation of a 'multi-position' designation to be created for the Fielding Bible Awards, as he won the inaugural award at this 'position' for his defense in center and right field.
Awards and honors
- 2014 ALCS MVP
- 2006 South Atlantic League (SAL) Post-Season All-Star
- 2006 SAL Mid-Season All-Star
- 2005 Topps Short-Season/Rookie All-Star
- 2005 Topps AZL Player of the Year
- 2005 Baseball America Rookie All-Star
- 2005 Arizona League (AZL) Most Valuable Player
- 2005 AZL Post-Season All-Star
Cain and his wife Jenny have one son, Cameron, born October 2014.
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