With the recent trade of Jim Edmonds to the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers have made it clear that they feel rookie Lorenzo Cain has a bright future with the team.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 17th round in 2004, Cain is another in a long line of talented players cultivated by the Brewers, who have produced some of the best young talent in the majors:
Some of the include: Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Yovani Gallardo and Alcides Escobar.
Like those that have come before him, Cain will excel for a franchise that simply knows how to find good, young ballplayers.
Cain's first professional experience came as a 19-year-old with the Brewers of the Arizona League, where he batted an impressive .356 with five home runs and 38 RBI in 50 games played.
Besides his hitting ability and decent power, Cain also displayed great speed in the field and on the bases, allowing him to swipe 12 bags that first season.
Now 24 years old, Cain has developed patience and intelligence beyond his years.
He is not timid during his at-bats; he maintains a solid approach at the plate.
He clearly understands the game, as evidenced by his play in center field and his efficient base-running.
Cain began the 2010 season on the roster of the Huntsville Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Brewers. He batted .324 with 79 hits, three home runs, 18 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 62 games, earning a promotion to Triple-A Nashville.
With Nashville, Cain played in only 22 games. Though his average dipped slightly to .299, he was still able to swipe five bases.
Through August 8th, Cain has hit .500 in six games for the Brewers, adding a stolen base and three RBI in an 11-6 victory over the Astros.
Beyond his positive attitude, Cain has also been blessed with two things a talented coaching staff cannot teach: size and speed.
As one of a new breed of young outfielders, like Jason Heyward of Atlanta and Mike Stanton of Florida, Cain has substantial size. He stands at 6'2" and weighs 190 pounds, coming to the plate with an imposing figure.
Cain has also shown good speed throughout his career, a skill that is badly needed by the Brewers. The team is in desperate need of a running threat after finding itself in the bottom half of MLB in stolen bases this year.
The stars have aligned for young Lorenzo Cain. The trade of Jim Edmonds and the recent concussion to Carlos Gomez have opened up playing time in the Brew Crew's outfield rotation.
Since Gomez will likely remain on the DL until rosters expand on September 1, Cain should have an adequate adjustment period to show his potential.
Right now his future is full of "what ifs" and "could bes," but soon Cain will be a household name for years to come.