2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Lorenzo Cain
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look into the Brewers outfielder and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Two of the most underrated categories in fantasy – runs and batting average – remain calling cards for Lorenzo Cain . In 2018, Cain slashed .308/.363/.440 with 90 runs in 141 games. This marks the second straight year he accrued at least 535 at-bats and also produced the first 30 stolen base season of his career. He’s one of 11 players to steal at least 30. Of them, Cain’s only one of eight with at least 10 home runs, and one of only three to hit at least .300 within this group.
Batting atop the Brewers lineup enhanced Cain’s production and he turned in a career best 11.5 walk percentage. He also recorded his highest hard hit rate (38.3 percent) but could not cash in on more home runs due to his 54.6 ground ball percentage. Beneath his batted ball data, Cain cut his swinging strike percentage by two percent while upping his contact rate by the same number. Most important, Cain reduced his chase rate (swings at pitches outside the strike zone) by almost six percent.