Lorenzo Cain: the Ideal MLB Fantasy Pick Up
When it comes to putting a value on stolen bases and OBP, people generally seem to look the other way. While not as flashy as home runs or as obvious as a high batting average, SB and OBP can prove far more valuable than what meets the average eye. The fact that these two abilities are deemed less desirable, and therefore become underutilized, can mean big potential for an intelligent fantasy competitor looking to capitalize. Finding undervalued statistics is an integral part of becoming a successful fantasy baseball competitor. Using Billy Beane as an example demonstrates to the utmost how such an elementary advantage can turn into massive influence and accomplishment.
One such MLB fantasy player that fits well into both of these undervalued statistical categories is Lorenzo Cain. He has proven himself to possess both the talent and ability to hit for a high average and to top it off he has an OBP of .424 this season. Add the actuality that he can swipe 30 or more bases and has reasonable power, and you have yourself a legitimately undervalued center fielder, who also happens to have right field eligibility.
Lorenzo is a defensive force. It’s highly debatable whether or not he deserved a gold glove last year, but no matter what accolades he does or doesn’t get, he is one of the Royals most integral players. Based on averages of this and last years performances, Lorenzo is a solid player with 100 run, 30 double, .310 avg, .370 OBP and 30 SB upside. A full season of his presently prime years should lead to outstanding contributions. The Royals’ aggressive tendencies on the base paths, along with their uncanny ability to manufacture runs, should only help to elevate one of their premier contributor’s counting stats.
This year should be the best of Lorenzo Cain’s young career. He’s batting third in Kansas City’s lineup and has the opportunity to rack up plenty of stats with a full year of playing time and at-bats. He has sustained a high batting average and has developed a more selective approach at the plate. Altogether Cain could be the Royal’s best all-around player.
Landin Murphy covers fantasy baseball for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitnesshttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/lorenzo-cain-ideal-mlb-fantasy-pick/AnalysisBaseballBaseball RankingsFantasyMLB#MLB,Fantasy baseball,Kansas City RoyalsWhen it comes to putting a value on stolen bases and OBP, people generally seem to look the other way. While not as flashy as home runs or as obvious as a high batting average, SB and OBP can prove far more valuable than what meets the average eye....Landin MurphyLandin Murphylandostar1248@gmail.comEditorLandin “Shredder” Murphy has been athletic since early age, quickly developing a propensity for both baseball and swimming. One of Landin’s fondest memories was his youth baseball team narrowly missing out on the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series Final. Unfortunately, during high school Landin was forced to forget his originally preferred sports as a freak basketball injury nearly ended his life. All prospects for Division I sports scholarships evaporated. Despite this set back, Landin focused his energies in new modes, becoming an All-State musician, avid sports journalist and by "Bodybuilding" to stimulate and heal his body. In an effort to assist others, Landin is currently pursuing Pre-Medical, Dosimetry and Sports Medicine degrees.MyFantasySportsTalk