College Draft Profile: Michael Lorenzen

Michael Lorenzen, OF/RHP, School: Cal State Fullerton

Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 200

A two-way star for Cal State Fullerton the past two years, Lorenzen put together a fine season in 2013, showing more promise with the bat (.330/.405/.533) and the skill set to be a serviceable relief arm (21.0 IP, 16 K’s, 3 BB’s and 17 saves).

Overall, this is a nice follow up for the center fielder. Last season, Lorenzen hit .335/.415/.523 with 12 doubles, four triples and seven homeruns.

Projection: After slugging 12 extra-base hits in 137  ABs during his freshman year, Lorenzen’s power hasn’t really developed as expected. Rather, it grades out as slightly below-average with the potential to hit double-digit HR in the pro ball. One huge red flag that will likely plague the junior at the next level is his plate discipline.

Lorenzen sported an awful 42-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio last season and has only slightly improved this year (34-to-16). He could easily strikeout a quarter of the time in the minors. He really doesn’t have a standout tool offensively either.

He does, however, have a chance to become a dominant backend reliever, striking out 20 and walking just four in 22.2 innings for Cal State.

Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Drafted: Second Round

 

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.