In Florida, Cain found his way to baseball

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
Hometown: Madison, Fla.

Many of the Royals' offensive contributors were groomed for stardom. Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Christian Colon all went within the first four picks of their respective First-Year Player Draft classes, with Hosmer and Moustakas being plucked from high school.

Cain, who grew up in Florida, chose a more circuitous route to the Majors. Cain only picked up baseball after he was cut from the Madison County (Fla.) High basketball team as a freshman.

Even when the Brewers drafted Cain in the 17th round of the 2004 Draft out of Tallahassee Community College, they identified him as a long-term project due to his unrefined skill set. One of Cain's first professional coaches, Mike Guerrero, in an interview with the Kansas City Star, explained the process of molding Cain into what he is today.

"You started from ground zero with him," Guerrero said. "Everything. Lorenzo was like a preschooler, when everybody else had years in baseball."

Now a key player, Cain came to Kansas City from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, which also brought over shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.