Not that there was anything wrong with Melky Cabrera's defense, but the Royals just got a whole lot faster in center field when they shipped Cabrera to the Giants last week.
With Cabrera gone, in steps prospect Lorenzo Cain a player scouts insist should make it even harder for opposing hitters to find holes in a Royals outfield thats already pretty stingy.
Flanked by Gold Glovers Alex Gordon (2011) and Jeff Francoeur (2007), Cain will give the outfield something it didn't necessarily have with Cabrera big-time speed.
Lorenzo gets to a lot of balls, said Royals assistant general manager of player development J.J. Picollo. That speed is going to be really helpful at Kauffman Stadium.
Cain, 25, is no slouch throwing the ball, either. He had 13 outfield assists last season at Class AAA Omaha exactly the same number Cabrera recorded with the Royals.
I can't wait to get in there with Alex and Jeff on each side, Cain said in a phone interview. I hope I can do my part.