The first half of the Major League season is almost concluding. A few players on the Royals roster have been targeted for demotion to the Minors. Yet some have strengthened their role to the club, becoming more valuable assets to the months ahead. One case of whether or not a certain player has been exceeding expectations brought to them for the season is clear. Lorenzo Cain is in fact the best player on the Royals roster right now, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez have been for the most part pretty steady and deserving of the honor. But none bring more to the team and is a vital spark plug to the team than Cain is.
This analysis was further enhanced in late April, early May. When the offense was abysmal on all aspects with defense not being it's usually self. Lorenzo Cain being partially absent due to an injury played a part in the then recent downfall. What Lorenzo brings to the table is not just his speed, but his flexibility in the outfield to being placed in either CF or RF. As we all saw Cain's awareness in the alleys, by making "web gem" plays in the outfield the last few weeks helps his campaign toward the All-Star voting and in more seriousness a Gold Glove winner. Makes everything work towards the team's success. His offense last year never could get going on a stellar pace. Balancing his average at .250 last year never seemed to help gauge his growth. Batting lead off of lately and much to his credit of avoiding hazardous injuries. He has seen his batting avg. plummet to .319. In 58 games played he has nearly made up 60% of his RBIs accounted for last year. His slugging percentage and power numbers jolted to a greater 30 points.
All of the tools have been right there for Cain. While still being at a young age might have helped his turn-around season. He is the bright vocalpoint in the team's solid outfield core. Consistency was forth coming to Cain, it was just a matter of good fortune and time to spark Cain's resurgence. There is more improvement to be done on all sides of the field.