Matthew Cain — actually I’d rather call him super prospect sleeper Matt Cain — is the real deal, and I am going to start off by saying, “if your fantasy baseball league is National League only, and has keepers, Matt Cain better not be in the draft pool.” This kid is one of the elite “arms” in the National League. There is a lot to like about Matt Cain: his high-speed fastball, the way he has dominated the minors, and especially the way the San Francisco Giants have handled his arm with caution.
Cain is at an advantage playing in San Francisco. For one, he gets to be the #4 starter, which prevents any strain or pressure on that arm of his. Two, the Giants aren’t exactly a playoff caliber team; this will allow Matt Cain to pitch carefree for a few of his outings. The Giants have to look at this year, in regards to Matt Cain, as a process. This kid has all the talent, and the last thing the San Francisco Giants want to do is Mark Prior him.
Matt Cain came up late last year and managed to pitch well in the 7 starts he had. In 46 innings he had a 2.33 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, which is very impressive for the first go around. The only thing that concerns me is his low walk-to-strikeout ratio. The low WHIP is more attributed to luck, since he Cain gave up such a low amount of hits. Hits can be random at times, so Cain better work on his control.