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50 Michael Lorenzen SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/203 | Birthdate: 1/4/1992 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Price: Reds rookie Michael Lorenzen set to start Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) The Reds have been careful to keep 23-year-old right-hander Michael Lorenzen from racking up too many innings. But Bryan Price has confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that Lorenzen will start next Tuesday against Colorado "barring anything unforeseen."

Lorenzen has started three of the four games in which he has pitched this season. He is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA.


Reds trying to avoid overworking Michael Lorenzen, Raisel Iglesias


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price knows he needs to be careful with his two rookie pitchers in Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias, according to MLB.com.

With Cincinnati scuffling a bit, Price knows both pitchers may be called on a bit more than usual. 

"We're going to be looking for situations like this in which to rest those guys and not overload their innings," Price said of Lorenzen and Iglesias. "That being said, you don't want to fall out of this thing and go into a free fall without getting the best you have available to you. I think if we're going to be competitive, we're going to have to get the best we can out of our pitching staff, and who those 12 guys are, there are still some question marks.

"That's speaking the obvious, that's not trying to make anyone nervous. We haven't had the consistency out of our pitching when we broke camp. And we're asking a lot out of the young guys to keep us in this race."

Lorenzen has a 1-1 record with a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings of work. Iglesias is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings of work. 


Reds' Price: Rasiel Iglesias to pitch out of bullpen against KC


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias isn't going anywhere just yet. Iglesias, who recorded his first career victory on Wednesday, will be in the bullpen for the team's upcoming series against the Royals. Then, manager Bryan Price said he would determine if he or Michael Lorenzen will rejoin the rotation, according to MLB.com.

There were thoughts that Iglesias would be sent back down to Triple-A after making the spot start, but he pitched well on Wednesday and may have earned a more permanent spot with the Reds' pitching staff.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen allows one run in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen didn't factor into the decision Sunday after giving up one earned run on seven hits and four walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 4-3 loss to the White Sox.

Lorenzen put plenty of people on base in the game but was able to limit the damage to just an RBI single in the second inning. It's his second straight start allowing just one earned run.

Lorenzen owns a 2.81 ERA and 11:8 K:BB ratio in 16 innings. He's on track to face the Giants at home Friday.


Reds starter Michael Lorenzen earns first career victory Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Reds starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (1-1) allowed one run on three hits in six innings Tuesday to defeat the Pirates and earn his first career victory.

The one run Lorenzen gave up came via a solo home run from Starling Marte.

Lorenzen made his major-league debut April 29 against the Brewers, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings for a loss.

"I kind of collected myself and thought about what a young pitcher who had given up four home runs in his first two starts should do," Lorenzen said. ''I thought the answer was pound the strike zone, so that's what I tried to do."

Lorenzen's next start has not been announced as of Tuesday night.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen allows three home runs Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen made his major league debut Wednesday and surrendered three runs on eight hits over five innings of work during Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Brewers.

"It's a process of learning how to pitch up here and be successful," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Lorenzen, via MLB.com. "I was happy with his stuff and how he composed himself in some tough spots."

All three of the runs Lorenzen gave up came off home runs. Lorenzen's long ball troubles began in the second inning when Adam Lind and Khris Davis each hit a solo shot. The last home run Lorenzen surrendered was to Ryan Braun in the fifth inning. 

Lorenzen received his first loss of his career for his effort and his ERA is at 5.40. He was able to strike out five hitters and walked one.

"The biggest thing I learned? Get ahead of guys," Lorenzen said. "You have to get ahead of guys, and when you miss, they have to be good misses. I missed [a pitch] to Braun and it was up, and he let the whole stadium know that I missed. My misses have to be a little better than what they were today."

By starting Lorenzen on Wednesday, it allowed the Reds to push back Mike Leake's start to Thursday. It is not know when Lorenzen's next start will be for the Reds.


Reds tab Lorenzen to start Wednesday, Leake moved to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Reds will start Michael Lorenzen Wednesday against the Brewers and push Mike Leake to make Thursday's start against the Braves, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Lorenzen will be making his major-league debut Wednesday. He's 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 19 innings over three Triple-A starts.

Leake has tossed at least seven innings in three straight starts and owns a 3.90 ERA and 22:8 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings over four starts this season. Lorenzen


Reds outright LeCure to Triple-A, reassign Lorenzen to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) The Reds announced Thursday they outrighted pitcher Sam LeCure to Triple-A Louisville, per MLB.com. They also reassigned starting pitcher prospect Michael Lorenzen to minor-league camp.

“The LeCure thing, I never could have seen that coming when we began spring training,” manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. “I think it breaks all of our hearts that he’s not on this ball club right now. We anticipate him being back. I think we feel he’s not at his best where he needs to be to help us right now. We’ve got to get him back there. He should be a big part of our team this season. We’re all just a wreck about him not being with us at this point in time. I’m very confident that he will be back with us.”


Reds' Michael Lorenzen tosses three one-run innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Reds pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen surrendered one earned run on four hits in three innings in Thursday's 13-2 win over the Indians.

"It went good," Lorenzen said after the outing, per MLB.com. "My fastball command was good. The tempo was good. That was the most important thing for me -- tempo and fastball command. I was able to go out there and accomplish my goal for the day."

Lorenzen came into Thursday's start having allowed no hits and six walks in two innings in his previous appearance. He threw 45 pitches in Thursday's game and another 20 in the bullpen to reach his pitch-count target.

"I worked on some breaking balls," Lorenzen said. "I gave up some two-strike hits with my breaking ball. I didn't finish them. They were a lot better in the bullpen with a couple of adjustments that I made."

The Reds are looking at Lorenzen for a long-relief role but could use him as a starter at some point this season.

"That gives him a chance to get to 80-85 [pitches] in his next outing, which to me, means he's ready to start," manager Bryan Price said before the game. "You can safely say he could throw 90-95 pitches in his first start of the season."


Reds prospect Michael Lorenzen to start Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) With Johnny Cueto still on the shelf, the Reds will turn to prospect Michael Lorenzen to start Thursday's game, reports MLB.com.

Lorenzen, who has been discussed as a long inning reliever this season, has yet to make a start this spring. Manager Bryan Price likes the versatility Lorenzen offers the staff.

"As we've come to terms with the [bullpen] role we have for Tony Cingrani, that elevates the opportunity for guys like Lorenzen and [Jon] Moscot to potentially be the next in line in the rotation," Price said on Monday. "So he's going to pick up innings."

Lorenzen is expected to throw 65-70 pitches in his start Thursday.

"Probably his next time out, he'll get up to as many as 65-70, which would realistically make him capable of throwing 85-90 pitches in a start," Price said.


Reds hoping Michael Lorenzen could be long inning reliever


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Reds pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen is preparing for another season with the team this spring. Lorenzen is currently expected to become a starting pitcher for the club once he develops enough, but manager Bryan Price sees an opportunity for him to become a reliever, reports MLB.com.

"That would be a way to continue to build him and his innings workload up while also helping the big league club," Price said. "But we don't want to lose sight of the fact that right now, he's a starting pitcher and could be a very good one. Putting him in the bullpen could distract from that opportunity. It's hard to say. Eventually, we have to take our best team to Cincinnati. So for me, my eyes are still wide open to the possibility of him being on the team."

Lorenzen posted a 4-6 record in 2014 with Double-A Pensacola. He made 24 starts with a 3.13 ERA and 84 strikeouts.


Reds re-assign six to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Reds re-assigned top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson as well as infielder Reynaldo Navarro, catchers Max Ramirez and Rossmel Perez and pitchers Tim Crabbe and Michael Lorenzen to minor-league camp Tuesday.

Stephenson made three appearances with the Reds this spring, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out one in four innings.


Bryan Price impressed with two young pitchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Bryan Price has given glowing reports of the early spring training performances of Reds top pitching prospects Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen.

"It was the first time in person (I saw Stephenson) since he first signed in 2011," Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It was terrific. A lot of times with hard throwers, you expect a lot more physical effort in the delivery. ... Their deliveries are easy. It didn't look like they were putting a ton of effort into throwing the ball and it was jumping out of their hand, exploding at the plate. I was really excited about that."

Stephenson and Lorenzen are both non-roster invitees. Neither has pitched above the Double-A level.


Robert Stephenson among non-roster invitees in Reds' camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson headlined a list of five players invited to spring training as non-roster invitees Wednesday. Stephenson is considered the Reds' top prospect by Baseball America.

The other four players receiving spring invites were Jeff Francis, Tim Crabbe, Drew Hayes and Michael Lorenzen.


Reds grooming Michael Lorenzen to be a starter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/28/2013) Reds' 2013 first-round pick Michael Lorenzen is pitching in the Arizona Fall League, and according to MLB.com. the organization's intention is for him to use the fall season as preparation to convert to being a starting pitcher. Lorenzen was both a center fielder and closer at Cal State Fullerton, and in his first season of professional ball, he made 21 relief appearances and only one start.

Lorenzen pitched 21 innings across four minor league levels this season, ultimately winding up at Double-A Pensacola, and he went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and four saves. With the AFL's Glendale Desert Dogs, Lorenzen is 0-2 with a 13.03 ERA in three starts.