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Lorenzo Lamar Cain

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Lorenzo Cain made it to the big leagues in 2010.

Cain was picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round of the 2004 amateur draft out of high school as a draft-and-follow. He showed enough the next year in junior college that scout Doug Reynolds signed Cain. He hit .356/.418/.566 for the AZL Brewers and went 5 for 24 for the Helena Brewers. He led the Arizona League in slugging, runs (45, tied with Antoan Richardson), hits (73), extra-base hits (28), doubles (18) and total bases (116) and was second to Ariel Nunez in slugging. Cain won MVP honors. Baseball America ranked him as the league's #8 prospect, third among position players.

Lorenzo hit .307/.398/.425 for the 2006 West Virginia Power. He scored 91 runs, banged out 36 doubles and stole 34 bases in 45 tries. He led Milwaukee minor leaguers in hits (178) and doubles. He also finished 4th in the South Atlantic League in average and doubles, led in hits, tied Michael Mooney for the most outfield assists (15) and turned the most double plays of any flyhawk, with 6. His 11 errors were one shy of the lead for SAL outfielders, though. Baseball America rated him the SAL's #14 prospect, right behind Clay Buchholz.

Cain then joined the North Shore Honu of the Hawaii Winter League and hit .231/.274/.308 with 12 steals in 13 tries. He finished 4th in steals behind Nyjer Morgan, Eric Young Jr. and Darren Ford. In 2007, Cain fell to .276/.338/.334 with the Brevard County Manatees. He did have 274 putouts, leading Florida State League outfielders.

In 2008, Cain put up a .287/.358/.448 line in 80 games for the Manatees, .277/.363/.486 in 40 for the Huntsville Stars and went 3 for 19 with three walks for the Nashville Sounds. Overall, he totaled 31 doubles, 9 triples, 25 steals in 31 tries, 71 runs and 8 assists. He led Brewers affiliates in three-baggers. He hit .333 with five homers in 18 games in the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America named him the #6 Milwaukee prospect.

Lorenzo Lamar spent 2009 with the AZL Brewers, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Stars in an injury-plagued year. He hit only .218/.294/.330 in 60 games when healthy, missing time with a hamstring injury and a tear to a ligament in his left knee. He fell to .242 with the Peoria Javelinas of this year's AFL.

Cain was back in form in 2010, starting strong with the Stars at .325/.409/.434 after 62 games with 21 steals in 23 tries. He moved up to the Sounds and kept on hitting. That got him his shot at the big leagues, replacing Doug Davis on the roster when Davis went on the disabled list.

The speedster from Valdosta made his MLB debut as a pinch-hitter for Kameron Loe and lined out against Jesse Chavez. Two days later, he singled off Michael Dunn for his first hit in the big leagues. He went 3 for 5 but was demoted back to Nashville when Yovani Gallardo came off the DL. He was back after the Brewers traded veteran CF Jim Edmonds to Cincinnati at the trading deadline, and hit .306 in 43 games for Milwaukee. After the season, he was traded along with SS Alcides Escobar, P Jeremy Jeffress and P Jake Odorizzi to the Kansas City Royals in return for ace pitcher Zack Greinke and SS Yuniesky Betancourt.

Cain spent most of 2011 in AAA with the Omaha Storm Chasers. In 128 games, he hit .312/.380/.497 2ith 28 doubles, 7 triples and 16 homers, confirming his readiness to take the next step. However, there was no immediate opening in Kansas City with Melky Cabrera playing very well in center field. As a result, Cain only played in 6 big league games, hitting .273. After the season, the Royals traded Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants, opening a spot in their line-up for Lorenzo in 2012.

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