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Mike Trout, according to most baseball experts, is seemingly the runaway leader for the 2015 American League MVP award. While that very well may happen, there are other candidates that could give Trout a run for his money, one of the Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain.
Cain, who had a breakout season last year and truly burst upon the national stage in the postseason, has picked up right where he left off. While it was natural to expect that Cain would regress after last year, he has instead taken the next step forward, posting a stellar .314/.367/.506 batting line with 22 stolen bases.
His power potential has also begun to emerge, as Cain’s twelve home runs thus far in 2015 are only seven shy of his career total entering this year.
Naturally, Cain’s defense has remained as impressive as it always had been. Overlooked for a Gold Glove last year since he split time between center and right field, Cain has played exclusively in center this year, where he has continued to track down virtually everything hit in the same zip code.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it would appear as though Cain will finally get his just due defensively at the conclusion of this season.
Currently third in the American League with a 6.4 WAR, Lorenzo Cain has just reached his potential. Even if he began his career in Milwaukee Brewers organization, Cain is truly a part of the Kansas City Royals fabric. He could be the next target to make Forever Royal.
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