Lorenzo Cain spent the winter learning how to run.

That seems strange, doesn’t it?

Cain is the Royals’ center fielder and typically draws high marks for his ability to cover ground and make plays. He drew a plus-14 enhanced rating last season from Baseball Info Solutions for The Fielding Bible.

That means Cain saved 14 bases last season when gauged against the MLB average, i.e, made a catch on a ball that normally drops for a single or held a batter to a single on a ball that normally goes for a double.

Let’s put that in perspective:

Plus-14 is the same rating left fielder Alex Gordon got last year in his second Gold Glove season and far better than Baltimore’s Adam Jones received in winning the Gold Glove for American League center fielders.

So what gives? Cain did all that while running improperly?

Well...yes, it seems.

“I worked with sprint coaches in the offseason,” Cain said. “I came to Kansas City once a month to work with two guys (Al Hobson and Rodney Christensen) there. I’d stay there for a week.

“I also did a little yoga this offseason. I focused on areas where my legs were weak last year. I’m trying to find ways to keep them strong, just get them to the point where I need them to be.”

Those aren’t just any two guys.

Hobson is the head coach for track and field and cross country at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He is better known to some as the coach for former Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene.

Christensen is the trainer at KCKCC.

“He was upright with a long stride,” Royals trainer Nick Kenney said. “They wanted him to turn and get more of a forward lean. That allows you to become a power runner.”

Cain said the priority was shortening his stride.

“I’m a long strider because I have very long legs,” he said. “So instead of clawing my way with long strides, I now focus on bringing my legs straight up like a sprinter.”

It remains a work in progress.