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79 Michael Lorenzen RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/203 | Birthdate: 1/4/1992 | Birthplace: Anaheim, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.