This article says he has topped out at 99 on the mound. If he can carry that power fastball as a starter he might be very interesting to watch.
Will be interesting to see if he follows Cingrani and Stewart's footsteps as a college reliever converted to a starter.
Or if he's the replacement for Brad Boxberger, the California college reliever they took at a similar spot in the draft four years ago and traded away in the Latos deal.
I'm always a fan of two-way players. I remember the Reds being linked to Lorenzen when he was coming out of HS. I like him as a pitcher better than as a hitter. Pretty cool they're going to let him do both. Just a baseball player.
Here is a link to the blog I cited for Ervin, discussing Lorenzen.
Michael Lorenzen is one of the more polarizing prospects in the 2013 Draft Class. He's a supreme athlete with a few elite tools, who plays center field and comes out of the bullpen for Cal State Fullerton. Will he be drafted as a hitter or pitcher? And will he ever hit enough to succeed as a hitter?
There was some discussion on the draft thread about whether the Reds intend to develop him as a starter. I have to think, taken this early in the draft, and announced as a pitcher, that the club will do precisely that. Drafting a closer is a Jim Bowden move. And, as others have noted, we have a history of taking pitchers such as this and putting them on the starter track until, again as others have noted, they show they're not a starter.
And another blog discussing Lorenzen
Last night on twitter Ctrent and Doug were discussing how Lorenzen is still not ready to give up one or the other, hitting or pitching. It seemed like the Reds and Lorenzen understand each other about this and may let it play out?
Well, maybe he'll be a good hitting pitcher instead of a bad major league center fielder. We just traded away his comp from that blog.
This was a total Buckley pick. Finding a reliever who throws hard that has less mileage on his arm with the hope of converting him to a starter. And the guy apparently can hit.
Definitely looks like an interesting pick. Might have been a little high IMO for the comp round, but it doesn't scream bad pick. There is a real ceiling here to be sure.
I really would've liked to have seen Denney here, but the fact that so many teams are passing on him might indicate that teams know something about Denney that we don't.
The enquirer video has Buckley talking about the pick. He said Lorenzen could make the majors pretty quickly as a closer. If the plan is to have him also practice hitting, what role seems more likely, starter or closer?
If the Reds groom him as a closer, I'll be disappointed. That's just too high in the draft for a reliever. Hopefully Buckley was just talking about his options.
Pretty sure they see him as a late inning reliever. Fine with me. I think the organization is very thin there.
So if they convert him to a starter, have him DH on his days off? Or do you stick him in center?
Lorenzen's Cal State stats
Only 20ks in 22.2 innings. 1.99 ERA .205 BAA