LORENZO Brent CAIN
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   BREWERS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 4/13/1986 Agent: Joshua Kusnick
Uniform #: 6  
Birth City: Valdosta, GA
Draft: Brewers #17 (D/F) - 2004 - Out of high school (FL)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2005 AZL Brewers   50 205 45 73 18 5 5 37 12   20 32     .356
2005 PIO HELENA   6 24 4 5 0 0 0 1 0   1 6     .208
2006 SAL WEST VIRGINIA   132 527 91 162 36 4 6 60 34 11 58 104   .425 .307
2007 FSL BREVARD COUNTY   126 482 67 133 21 3 2 44 24 9 37 97   .344 .276
2008 FSL BREVARD COUNTY   80 317 50 91 22 4 7 41 19 4 29 68   .448 .287
2008 PCL NASHVILLE   6 19 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 6   .158 .158
2008 SL HUNTSVILLE   40 148 21 41 9 5 4 17 6 2 19 41   .486 .277
2009 AZL AZL-Brewers   3 9 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .455 .556 .444
2009 MWL WISCONSIN   15 52 3 10 4 0 0 3 0 0 9 15 .311 .269 .192
2009 SL HUNTSVILLE   42 145 17 31 6 0 4 15 3 3 10 34 .277 .338 .214
2010 PCL NASHVILLE   22 87 13 26 5 3 0 9 5 1 11 17 .384 .425 .299
2010 SL HUNTSVILLE   62 244 45 79 6 6 3 18 21 2 34 52 .409 .434 .324
2010 NL BREWERS   43 147 17 45 11 1 1 13 7 1 9 28 .348 .415 .306
2011 PCL OMAHA   128 487 84 152 28 7 16 81 16 6 40 102 .380 .497 .312
2011 AL ROYALS   6 22 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 .304 .318 .273
2012 PCL OMAHA   7 28 4 9 3 0 1 6 0 0 2 4 .355 .536 .321
2012 TL NORTHWEST ARKANSAS   7 24 4 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 .208 .375 .208
2012 AL ROYALS   61 222 27 59 9 2 7 31 10 0 15 56 .316 .419 .266
2013 AL ROYALS $503.00 115 399 54 100 21 3 4 46 14 6 33 90 .310 .348 .251
2014 PCL OMAHA   2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2014 AL ROYALS $546.00 133 471 55 142 29 4 5 53 28 5 24 108 .339 .412 .301
2015 AL ROYALS $2,725.00 140 551 101 169 34 6 16 72 28 6 37 98 .361 .477 .307
2016 PCL OMAHA   2 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .375 .375 .375
2016 AL ROYALS $6,500.00 103 397 56 114 19 1 9 56 14 5 31 84 .339 .408 .287
2017 AL ROYALS $11,000.00 155 584 86 175 27 5 15 49 26 2 54 100 .363 .440 .300
2018 NL BREWERS $13,000.00 141 539 90 166 25 2 10 38 30 7 71 94 .395 .417 .308
2019 NL BREWERS $15,000.00 148 562 75 146 30 0 11 48 18 8 50 106 .325 .372 .260
2020 NL BREWERS $5,556.00 5 18 4 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 20 .429 .389 .333
Personal
  • Cain was born in Valdosta, Georgia, but grew up just across the Florida state line in Madison County, about four hours from Atlanta. "My Dad passed away when I was 4, so my Mom pretty much raised me and my brother, so it was just us three growing up," he said. "She was a single mom, she worked two jobs at times so that's probably the main reason I didn't play sports. She didn't have really time to take me to practice or whatnot."

    He and brother Delvin, who is six years older, had their chores to help out Patricia Cain. "Somebody had to keep the house clean, so that was me and my brother's job," he said.

  • When Cain got to the ninth grade, he tried out for the basketball team and got cut. His Mom thought football was too rough. "She wouldn't let me play football, so what was left? Baseball," he said.

  • Lorenzo is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. He wanted to play high school football. His mom, Patricia, wouldn't let him because she didn't want him to get hurt.

    LATE BLOOMER

  • Growing up, Cain had never played baseball. But after getting cut from the basketball team and being barred from football by his concerned mother, Patricia, Lorenzo (then a sophomore) asked a friend who played baseball, Jeremy Hayes, "Do you think I could make the team?" Hayes took him to the office of the coach to find out

    "Have you ever played?" the coach asked.

    "No," Cain said.

    "Perfect. We have only eight guys on the JV team. We'll stick you on JV."

    He did not own a bat or a glove. The first two weeks, he played third base, booting two or three balls a game, before he was stashed safely in the outfield.

  • High School: Jeremy Haynes, a friend who later pitched in the Braves' system, told Cain during his sophomore year that he might be able to make the baseball team—by default, as Madison's junior varsity squad had just eight players as the 2002 season neared, putting coach Barney Myers in danger of forfeiting the season. Myers described Cain as "skinny, gangly, and goofy," but no matter, the season would be saved. Cain picked out leftover equipment from the fieldhouse, catching the first fly ball hit to him, then revealing that the plastic glove he'd chosen was on his throwing hand.

    "I don't even think he had seen a baseball game," Myers said, "much less played in one."

    The rules were foggy and Cain was extremely raw—a righthanded hitter, he even had to be instructed how to hold the bat correctly, with his right hand over the left. But there were indications of promise, as well as a devoted work ethic. He'd often trade his books for a bat during lunch period, taking 100 hacks at the school pitching machine.

    "I was determined to never sit on the bench," Cain said. "That was the thing about me, I just couldn't settle with sitting on the bench."  

  • Lorenzo didn't play baseball until he was in 10th grade in high school. He came out of nowhere, and the Brewers made him their 17th-round pick as a draft-and-follow in 2004, signing him just before the 2005 draft, via scout Doug Reynolds.

    What was Cain doing with his time before playing baseball at Madison County High School?

    "Going home every day," he said. "I just never got into it. It was just never my thing."

    And why did he finally decide to play baseball?

    "I just got tired of going home every day," he explained.

    That decision, based in part on the boredom of an idle teenager who was cut from the basketball team, ended up paying big dividends.

  • Though painfully thin as a prep player and raw in all facets of the game, Cain showed enough to gain the attention of Brewers area scout Doug Reynolds. Based on his recommendation, Milwaukee selected Cain in the 17th round of the 2004 draft.

    "He came to a workout I held and hit a couple of drives over the scoreboard," recalled Reynolds. "I didn't even know who he was. It was the summer before his senior season and I said, 'How can you be a senior and I've never seen you?' He really hadn't played much.

    "He was still very crude, very raw. He'd jump around in the batter's box. But when he hit it, he hit it hard. He was an exciting player, even though you had to dream a little."

    Lorenzo knew he wasn't ready to turn pro and opted instead to attend Tallahassee Community College in Florida. The Brewers continued to monitor Cain's progress, and using the now defunct draft-and-follow process, signed him before the 2005 draft.

  •  Toward the end of his senior year, Cain was playing video games at home when his mother told him he had a telephone call.

    "Hello?" Cain said.

    "Hello, this is Doug Reynolds of the Milwaukee Brewers. We just selected you in the 17th round of the draft."

    "Oh, thank you," Cain said and promptly hung up the phone as if it were a solicitor.

    "Who was that?" his mother asked.

    "Somebody with the Brewers. He said they drafted me in the 17th round."

    Says Cain, "I just went back and played video games. I didn't tell anybody. I think a few days later there was something in the newspaper. That's when I thought, I guess it's a big deal, because I didn't know the draft was a big deal. I didn't keep up with baseball. I didn't know anything about baseball."

    Cain eventually told the Brewers he wasn't ready for pro ball yet. He played one season at Tallahassee Community College and then signed for $95,000. (SI, June 1, 2015)

  • In 2005, Cain was the Arizona Rookie League MVP after he led the loop in runs, hits, doubles, extra-base hits, and slugging percentage while finishing second in the batting race.

  • In 2006, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook had Lorenzo rated as 27th-best prospect in the Brewers organization. But during the winter before 2007 spring training, they moved Cain all the way up to #6 in the Milwaukee farm system. In the spring of 2008, they had Cain at 9th-best in the Brewer organization. In the spring of 2009, they had Lorenzo back up at 6th-best in the Brewers' farm system.

    And they had him at #8 in 2010.

  • Cain is very coachable and quick to apply instruction. He is very dedicated to the game. He is a special player who can do a lot of things, and he works very hard.

    Lorenzo has a big desire to play in the big leagues for a long time. (Spring 2009)

  • August 21, 2006: Lorenzo set a new record for the West Virginia Power with his 151st hit of the season. Bobby Perna had the old record of 150, which he set in 1992. Cain went on to lead the South Atlantic League in hits (162) and finished third in the batting race (.307).

  • On May 14, 2011, Cain hit for the cycle in Triple-A Omaha's 16-11 victory at Colorado Springs. He began with a grand slam in the first inning, doubled to lead off the third, singled in the fourth, and tripled in the sixth. It netted him seven RBIs.

  • When you think of Lorenzo, you think of his smile. You envision him laughing, joking and just generally in great spirits. As one teammate said of him recently, "Lo has it all figured out."  But even Cain has his moments of frustration, and yes, even anger. "I get mad," Cain insists.  Really? Like when?  

    "Well, I would say last year I got mad," he said. "I would say it started one game in Detroit. I can't remember which one, but it was in September. I was fired up. I was sick and tired of Detroit just always beating up on us.  It was a turning point for me," he said. "From that game on until the end of playoffs, I played angry.  

    "I normally don't play like that. But I was upset. And I wanted to play angry the rest of the year." Playing angry, as it turns out, suited Cain. He hit .358 with a .394 on-base percentage for the rest of the regular season. And in the playoffs, Cain was sensational, winning the MVP in the ALCS against the Orioles.  (Flanagan - mlb.com - 3/18/15) 

  • Years ago during Spring Training, Cain met Torii Hunter through former Brewers teammate LaTroy Hawkins at a Globetrotters exhibition in Phoenix. Lorenzo felt as if he already knew Torii, having spent so much time studying his every movement.  

    "He was the guy I always watched when I was in high school and college," Cain said. "I wanted to model my game after him. I loved the way he played defense, swung the bat, everything. He molded me as a player. 

    "He's always been great to me. He's the kind of guy you feel comfortable around. He likes to have fun, but he's serious about the game. That's how I like to be. I have a good time with my teammates, and I think they're comfortable around me."  (Spencer - mlb.com - 4/10/2015)  

  • April 23, 2015: What started as an exchange of hit batsman, ended with the ejection of several players following a heated benches-clearing incident. After a benches-clearing fracas in Chicago with the White Sox, Major League Baseball disciplined players from both teams, though the Royals clearly received the harsher sentences.

  • Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura received a seven-game suspension, while teammates Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) also were disciplined. All four also received undisclosed fines. (J. Flanagan - MLB.com - April 25, 2015)  

  • In 2015, Cain was selected to start in the All-Star Game.

  • Many things changed for Lorenzo during the 2014 playoffs, among them a trip to his first World Series.  But nothing compared that October to the birth of Cain's first son, Cameron, during the postseason.

    "Nothing like being a dad," Cain said. "I wouldn't trade it for the world."  

    Cain and his wife, Jenny, had another son, Jayden, born in January of 2016. And they're expecting a third child this fall. Lorenzo is hoping to add a girl to the family.  "We'll find out any day," Cain said, smiling.

    This will be Cain's third Father's Day as a parent, and he said he is honored to be a father.

    "It means a lot," Cain said. "Every day I get to spend with them means a lot. They put a smile on my face."

    Being a father changed Cain, he said, in dramatic ways.

    "It gives you a new perspective," he said. "It changes you a lot. It humbles you. It makes you grow up in a hurry. It is something I definitely enjoy. Like I said before, they put a smile on your face.  No matter what you do at the ballpark, you can go 0 for 4, and they still love you. And they're still happy to see you."

    Cain also still can't believe the cuteness factor involved with having children.  "My younger one, Jayden, is just starting to talk, so that's cute," Cain said. "But when you come into the house, they always run up and yell, 'Daddy!' That's always the best moment for me."

    And Cain does have a special message this Father's Day: "To all the Dads out there, like I told my momma on Mother's Day, 'Keep loving on your sons.'"  (Flanagan - mlb.com - 6/15/2017)

  • In Milwaukee, Lorenzo returned to the organization that made him a 17th-round pick in 2004, when he had played baseball for barely three years. Cain was focused on basketball until his sophomore year of high school in Florida.

    In 2010, when he made it to the Major Leagues with the Brewers, he was still learning lessons. Long-time Brewers coach Ed Sedar offered an example. One day in Houston, he telephoned Cain's hotel room at about 10:30 a.m.

    Sedar: "Hey, 'Lo,' what you doing?"

    Cain: "Hey, Eddie! I'm just sitting back, watching TV in bed. What are you doing?"

    Sedar: "I'm watching the team stretch."

    Cain: "We've got a day game?!? I've got to go, Eddie!"

    Sedar has told that story a lot since Cain returned, and it always gets a laugh. Ryan Braun remembers it.

    "And it still happens," Braun said. "I guarantee you, he had no idea what time the game was tonight. How he made it this far is amazing."  (McCalvy - mlb.com - 4/24/2018)

  • July 2018: Cain was selected to play reserve in the MLB All-Star game.

  • July 16, 2019: Cain received the MLB Players Alumni Association "Heart and Hustle" award for the Brewers. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

  • June 5, 2020: Lorenzo can clearly remember San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting on the bench for the national anthem prior to a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in August 2016. In subsequent weeks, Kaepernick took a knee on the sidelines to bring awareness to the issue of police brutality. At the time, Cain was an All-Star who had won the World Series with the Royals and still felt unsure about what to do. One thing is clear now: Cain said he is no longer hesitant about speaking up.

    "We can sugarcoat it, but kneeling was basically ending people's careers," Cain said as part of a roundtable discussion with other African American players. "I think for a lot of athletes that were in that tough position, it was very unsure whether they should kneel or stand or whatever the case may be. I think that made it tough on everybody. But ... now I feel like everybody fully, fully understands what is happening, why he kneeled. I feel like from now on, we all should use our platform to push to do the right thing."

    The roundtable, hosted by Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, aired on MLB Network Radio. Besides Cain, the Pirates' Josh Bell, the Indians' Delino Deshields Jr., the Rangers' Taylor Hearn and the Orioles' Mychael Givens and Dwight Smith Jr. took part.

    Cain said he was "disgusted" after watching the video of a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, until Floyd died.

    "Me growing up, my mom worked in the fields, my grandma worked in the fields, and she always taught me to treat everyone like you would want to be treated," Cain said. "I always stuck with that, and I've grown, teaching my kids that. I have three kids myself. George Floyd was somebody's son, and I can't even imagine if I saw my son with a cop with a knee on his neck, what I would do in that situation, how I would react. It hit me hard. It hit everybody hard.

    "The reaction and the response I've been getting from everybody has been positive. All of my buddies have been texting me and letting me know that they are with me, and 'try to stay positive.' Hopefully things get better from this. It's definitely shocking and tough to watch, and tough to try to explain to my kids and other people around me. There's always a few groups that don't understand and don't get it. I feel like there needs to be change. Things need to get better. Hopefully, as a group, as America, we can get better from this. Hopefully all this stops."

    "For me, the police in general, they just have too much power. I think if we stripped some of that power, if the government found a way to strip some of that power or take away the immunity that they basically have—because they literally can go trespass or harass people, and nothing is done. You can see it in their faces that they're not worried about any consequences. I think that's the issue. If they start treating the police like anyone else, I think [officers] will think twice about doing things.

    "For me, arresting all of those officers and holding everyone accountable allows the good cops, the bad cops, to look at each other [and the good cops] say, 'If I see something that another cop is doing wrong, then I need to step in and intervene because I could also be charged along with this bad cop who's doing something he shouldn't be doing. We need to start there."

    Cain struck a hopeful tone.

    "Hopefully, we're headed in that direction [toward] peace," he said. "Everyone love each other, respect each other, and teaching kids growing up what they need to do in order for all of us to survive." (A McCalvy - MLB.com - June 5, 2020)

  • Aug. 1-Nov 2, 2020: As the Brewers’ home-opening series remained on hold, Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain has elected not to play the remainder of the 2020 season.

    Cain, a father of three young boys, became the first Brewers player to exercise his right to sit out when he announced the decision through the club. The news came before the postponement of a Cardinals-Brewers game due to additional positive tests for COVID-19 within the St. Louis traveling party.

    “After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to opt out of the remainder of the 2020 season,” Cain said in a written statement. “With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife and our three kids. (Adam McCalvy )

  • Nov 14, 2020: There's no crying in baseball.

    Lorenzo had occasion to recall this phrase when he launched a ball over the fence and out of the backyard against his three sons. The moment was captured on video and posted on Instagram by Cain's wife, Jenny.

    In the video, you can watch Cain celebrate his way around the bases as the kids lament that the ball he smashed was the last one they had to play with.

    "Yeah, we can't play anymore because I hit all those balls out there," Cain gushed while rounding third.

    Then one of the boys headed into the house as Cain crossed the plate, and the next thing you hear is a child crying.

    "Is he crying?" asked Cain.

    Apparently he was. But don't fret. Jenny posted that more baseballs were found and the game continued. One of the boys, Cameron, even belted his own home run over the fence.

    We don't exactly know whether "there's no crying in baseball" was ever jokingly uttered in the aftermath of LoCain's homer barrage. (M Randhawa - MLB.com - Nov 14, 2020)

  • 2017-2020 Seasons: Lorenzo Cain had a spectacular 2018 for the Brewers, a disappointing 2019, and opted out of 2020. Cain is entering his age-35 season, and despite his late start to baseball, he is starting to show signs of his age.

    His defense is still elite. Outs Above Average has been around since 2017, and since then Cain has been in the 99th (18), 100th (21), and 99th (14) percentile every year from 2017–2019. And he finally took home his long deserved Gold Glove Award in 2019. (Josh Waldoch - Jan. 5, 2021)

  • April 16, 2021: Every year since 2004, Major League Baseball celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his MLB debut and breaking the league’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. And every year, clubs from across the league commemorate Jackie Robinson Day by discussing his influence, wearing his No. 42 or any number of other efforts.

    Lorenzo found another way to help make a difference in Robinson’s honor.

    He elected to donate his game salary to The Players Alliance, which aims to make baseball more accessible and create more opportunities and resources for black communities. Bradley was one of more than 100 players included in an announcement from the organization, and the Alliance announced Cain’s pledge. (R Herrera - MLB.com - April 16, 2021)

            TRANSACTIONS

  • June 2004: The Brewers chose Cain in the 17th round, as a draft and follow, out of Madison County High School in Madison, Florida. He played ball at a community college for one year, then signed for $95,000.

  • December 19, 2010: The Royals traded RHP Zack Greinke, SS Yuniesky Betancourt, and cash to Milwaukee; receiving Cain, SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jake Odorizzi, and RHP Jeremy Jeffress.

  • January 18, 2016: The Royals signed Cain to a two-year, $17.5 million contract.

  • Nov 2, 2017: Cain chose free agency.

  • Jan. 25, 2018: The Brewers signed Cain to a five-year, $80 million deal.
Batting
  • Cain came up with five-tool potential. He has some power and he hits for a good batting average. Brewers minor league hitting coach Joel Youngblood found a willing student in Lorenzo in 2005. He improved his stroke and the way he sets up at the plate.

    Cain had an exaggerated leg kick that was wasted motion, so he toned it way down, now hitting with a rather quiet approach at bat. He now has a solid rhythm and has learned to trust his extremely quick hands.

  • Lorenzo has good natural bat speed. He makes a lot of contact, lining shots from gap to gap. If he gains more strength, he can become a power threat.

  • Cain has trouble hitting changeups and can be pitched with hard heat on the inside corner of the plate. He is a bit of a free swinger, striking out a lot when he is undisciplined.

    He needs to improve his plate discipline so he can draw more walks and get himself in a count where he can get a pitch he can nail.

  • In 2015, Cain added power to his offensive arsenal. He had 16 homers. Compare that to 4 in 2013 and 5 in 2014.

  • April 7, 2021: Cain became the first player in Brewers history to hit two go-ahead home runs in the eighth inning or later of the same game, according to STATS. Cain's first home run gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning.  Joc Pederson then answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the frame. Then Cain's second homer—a three-run shot in the 10th—put them ahead for good.

  • As of the start of the 2021 season, Cain had a career batting average of .288 with 207 doubles, 78 home runs and 409 RBI in 3,912 at-bats.
Fielding
  • Cain is a great outfielder. He has enough speed to cover a lot of ground in center field. 

  • Lorenzo has improved at coming in to field ground balls.

  • Cain has impressive athleticism and aggressiveness in the outfield. He is known for his long, running catches, several in the 2014 post-season, enabling the Royals to win the ALCS, over the Orioles, taking K.C. to the World Series for the first time since 1985—29 years before.

  • In 2013, Cain was named the Royals' Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time by Wilson, the glove maker. He made only one error in 255 chances with seven assists in center.

    Cain also played 32 games in right field, where his other two errors occurred. Among AL outfielders, he ranked third in zone rating (.923).

  • Lorenzo floats through the outfield like a phantom.

    "He's nowhere in view, and then bam, he's flying in, making the catch," teammate Eric Hosmer said during the 2014 post-season.

  • Cain's running catches are breath-taking. In Game 2 of the 2014 ALCS, his defense was on display, forever to be seen on highlight video.

    MLB Advanced Media's Statcast system calculated that Lorenzo reached a breakneck speed of 21.2 mph, covering 82 feet before laying out to make a game-saving catch that immediately reached "amazing status." (It is historic.)

  • In 2014, Cain was named the best multi-position player in baseball, winning the annual Fielding Bible award. (Editor's note: That year, Cain played RF and CF.)

  • He has been called "Insane Lorenzo Cain," because of the chances he takes—mostly successful.

  • In 2018, Cain was a Fielding Bible Award winner.
  • March 28, 2019: On Opening Day, there were two outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game when Cardinals pinch-hitter Jose Martinez made loud contact with Josh Hader's 21st consecutive fastball. As the baseball sailed out toward right-center field and a sellout crowd at Miller Park held its breath, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said something like, “Oh, no.” (His precise reaction is not fit for print.

    Out in center field, Lorenzo Cain had a different take. “Not today!” In one of the most entertaining of their 50 Opening Day games since the franchise moved to Milwaukee, Cain made a leaping catch to rob Martinez of what would have been a tying home run. It provided a thrilling finish to the Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Cardinals in front of 45,304 fans. 

    Said Cain: “I'm talking to the baseball out there, telling it to come down so I could have a chance to make a play. I timed it well and I was able to bring it back.”  When he came down with the game-ending catch after sprinting 101 feet, Cain let out his trademark yell after a defensive gem—“Not today!"—and flung the baseball skyward. 

    “Every time he does it, it’s still surprising to me,” said Moustakas, Cain’s old teammate from Kansas City. “That was incredible. And every time he does it, it's the best catch I’ve ever seen.”  (McCalvy - mlb.com - 3/28/2019)

  • 2019 Fielding Bible Award winner (CF): A perennial superstar in center, Cain won his second straight Fielding Bible Award—the first center fielder to do so in the Awards' 14-year history. Cain's 14 Outs Above Average, per Statcast, ranked third among MLB outfielders.

    GOLD GLOVE

  • In 2019, center fielder Lorenzo Cain of the Brewers won his first career Gold Glove.

  • 2010-2019 decade: Cain has a 36.9 WAR in the past 10 seasons.

  • May 2020: Who has the best glove on the Brewers? Lorenzo Cain. 

    One of baseball’s injustices was finally solved last season when Cain received the first Gold Glove Award of his career. Teammates and manager Craig Counsell openly lobbied for the honor beginning on Opening Day, when the center fielder's spectacular, game-ending, home run-robbing catch sealed a win over the Cardinals at Miller Park. It was the first of at least five home run robberies for Cain. He may have topped his Opening Day heroics during the Brewers’ final series of the regular season, when, with the Brewers fighting for a division title and Cain compromised by multiple leg injuries, he robbed another homer in a hard-fought loss at Coors Field.

    “I don’t know if we have to literally go to Tiffany’s or wherever, and we have to go to buy this Gold Glove for him. He needs this Gold Glove,” teammate Gio González said that night. “That guy deserves it and, hands down, is one of the best outfielders in the game. Give him his damn Gold Glove already.

    Over the past two years, Cain has an impressive 40 defensive runs saved, including 22 in 2019, according to FanGraphs. The only big league outfielder with better numbers that season was Washington’s Victor Robles, with 23. –Adam McCalvy

Running
  • During the offseason before 2014 spring training, Lorenzo worked out a lot on his speed with Kansas City State Community College coach track coach Al Hobson.
  • In 2014, Cain got twice as many infield hits as he had in 2013. And his speed going from first to third base increased notably.

  • 2014: ESPN's John Brick does the science and he broke down Lorenzo's speed. He said Cain goes as high as 20 mph with his 8-foot strides going after a ball in the outfield. And in 1.5 seconds, he can reach 15 mph. Only Richard Sherman and Usain Bolt have comparable speed.

Career Injury Report
  • 2008: Cain was on the D.L.
  • April 1-18, 2009: Lorenzo began the season on the D.L. with a strained hamstring. Cain returned to play four games, but then:

    April 23, 2009: Cain suffered a left knee injury while attempting to make a diving catch for the Huntsville Stars in a game at Carolina. An MRI showed surgery was not needed. He tore the posterior cruciate ligament, requiring about six weeks of physical therapy and rehab.

    July 2009: Lorenzo finally got back in action, first at Class-A Wisconsin. But he was not the same at the plate or in the field the rest of that season.

  • Late April through mid-May 2010: Cain was on the D.L. with a groin injury.

  • April 2-14, 2011: Lorenzo went on the D.L. with a slight groin pull.
  • April 12-July 13, 2012: Cain was on the D.L. with a torn left groin. He was injured early in a game at Oakland when he banged into the wall while making a spectacular catch that was turned into a double play. He played another inning before coming out of the game.

    While rehabbing the groin with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he went back for a fly ball and felt a sharp pain in the same leg. Result: Torn left hip flexor.

  • August 9-September 4, 2013: Cain was on the D.L. with a strained left oblique. He sustained the injury during batting practice.

    "When he was coming in, he said he felt a little something when he was playing catch, but didn't think anything about it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He came in and took a swing and felt it, took another swing and it was worse, and took the third swing and walked out."

  • April 17-May 6, 2014: Kansas City placed Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

  • June 29-July 29, 2016: Cain was on the DL with a left hamstring strain.

  • June 26-July 8, 2018: Cain was on the DL with left groin strain.

  • June 26, 2019: Cain was in Los Angeles to undergo cryotherapy on his right thumb, the same procedure that has helped teammate Ryan Braun in recent years to overcome a shooting pain from an overactive nerve in his hand.

    Cain had quietly been dealing with a similar sensation for weeks, and the pain simply became too much to endure even for a tough player like Lorenzo.

  • Sept 30, 2019: Cain sprained an already-hurting left ankle on a hard slide into home plate in the ninth inning of the loss at Colorado and missed the regular season finale. He was on the field for an optional workout at Nationals Park to take batting practice and (gingerly) run the bases.

  • March 8, 2021: Cain is more slowed by a minor quad injury than previously thought, putting him on a tight schedule to be ready by Opening Day. “He was off the field last week. We did not see him on the field,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “So, he’ll go outside today, play catch and do some light running exercises—more with the trainers, not necessarily with the team.

  • April 14-May 3, 2021: Cain is in the IL with strained left quad. Cain was injured running out a first-inning groundout in the 3-2 Brewers loss, and he played center field in the top of the second, then departed.

    “The severity is kind of unknown here,” said Counsell, “but it’s enough for reason to be cautious and give it some time to heal.”

  • June 1-July 27, 2021: Cain was on the IL with right hammy strain. Cain felt his right hamstring grab while making a running catch in a 3-2 win over the Tigers. When he threw to first base while still on the run, he felt it grab even more. 

    July 10, 2021: Cain began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on July 8, lining a single in his second at-bat for his first hit since suffering a serious hamstring strain on Memorial Day in the latest of a series of leg injuries sustained by the veteran. Manager Counsell added that Cain is responding well so far in his assignment.