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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%: 5/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Reds SP Michael Lorenzen takes no-decision in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen could not get out of the fifth inning during Monday's 13-6 win over the Cubs and received a no-decision as a result.

Lorenzen allowed five runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked one. His ERA is now 5.66.

Lorenzen's last win came on June 21.


Reds recall SP Michael Lorenzen, option SP David Holmberg


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2015) The Reds recalled starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen from Triple-A Louisville on Monday. To clear a roster spot, starting pitcher David Holmberg was optioned to Louisville.

SP Michael Lorenzen up, SP David Holmberg down for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) As expected, the Reds have demoted starter David Holmberg to Triple-A Louisville and brought up Michael Lorenzen, who will pitch Monday against the Cubs, per MLB.com.

Holmberg struggled mightily after three strong outings with Cincinnati. He allowed 18 runs on 23 hits over his last 10 2/3 innings.

Lorenzen compiled a 3-8 record and 5.46 ERA in his previous stint with the Reds, but has performed much better recently in the minors.


Michael Lorenzen could replace David Holmberg in Reds rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) The struggles of Reds starter David Holmberg are likely to benefit Michael Lorenzen, who could assume his place in the rotation as early as Monday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com.

Lorenzen has been tearing it up at Triple-A Louisville. He is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings over his last three starts. His last effort was a one-hitter over eight innings.

Holmberg has been going in the opposite direction with a 15.19 ERA over his past three outings. He was pounded for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in his last performance.

The only problem for Lorenzen is an innings limit that Bryan Price placed at 150-155 innings. He has thrown 133 2/3 combined with Cincinnati and Louisville this season.


Reds send SP Michael Lorenzen to Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/13/2015) The Reds optioned right-hander Michael Lorenzen to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. The young hurler got roughed up in his outing against the Padres on Tuesday, allowing seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings.

Though the team hasn't specified how long Lorenzen will be down for, he could realistically be called back up when the rosters expand on September 1. 

His demotion clears a spot for fellow rookie John Lamb, who will start and make his Major League debut on Friday.


Reds trying to pick right time to move Michael Lorenzen to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Reds starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen is still penciled in to start Sunday against the Dodgers. However, given his recent string of poor outings, the Reds could bump the right-hander from his next start.

"We're trying to figure out what's the best way to manage these last innings that he has," Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "We knew this going into the season based on whether he was pitching effectively and pitching here, that inevitably he would run out of innings if we just kept giving him starts. I think at some point in time, he'll need to transition into the bullpen."

The 23-year-old Lorenzen is in his second pro season as a starter. He totaled 120 2/3 innings in 2014. He is up to 109 2/3 innings between the majors and minors this season, and Price revealed they want to limit his innings to 150-155.

"It's a balancing act at this point in time right now," Price said. "He's got a lot of room for growth and need for growth. We've asked a lot out of this kid. … this is his second [season as a starter] and he's had some really good moments, even though he's in a bit of a down spell right now. … but he's got some work to do. There's a lot of development that needs to take place in order for him to become the pitcher we know he'll be."


Reds' Michael Lorenzen gets knocked around by Padres slugfest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/12/2015) Reds starter Michael Lorenzen was hammered for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 11-6 loss to the Padres. Lorenzen was forced to throw 55 pitches, while recording just four outs.

Lorenzen (3-8) watched his ERA sky rocket to 5.46 with the disaster outing. He allowed three runs in the first, and another four in the second inning before the Reds could even get comfortable.

This was Lorenzen's shortest start of the season, and he has allowed at least three earned runs in five consecutive starts, posting a 12.60 ERA in that stretch.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen suffers seventh loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/6/2015) Reds starter Michael Lorenzen was on the wrong side of a shutout on Thursday, as the Reds lost to the Cardinals 3-0. Lorenzen allowed all three runs on four hits over five innings. He struggled with his control, issuing four walks and a hit batter while striking out five on the afternoon.

The rookie right-hander threw just 53 of his 93 pitches for strikes, as he had trouble locating his pitches. He put up zeroes over the first three innings, but allowed a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Reds' offense was baffled by Michael Wacha, en route to the shutout loss.

"I felt good," Lorenzen said, per MLB.com. "I thought I threw the ball really well. I competed with everything, and they took some good at-bats. I had some guys 0-2, and they battled. That's what the Cardinals are known for, but coming out today, besides taking the loss -- obviously, we want to win, but it's improvement. I'm feeling good, arm feels good, mechanically I feel good, so I just need to take the results out of the equation and understand … that I threw the ball well."

Lorenzen (3-7, 4.84 ERA) has failed to get past the sixth inning in each of his four most recent starts. He has allowed a total of 20 earned runs over that stretch.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen's struggles continue on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Reds starter Michael Lorenzen struggled in his outing against the Pirates on Friday. The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six, as he picked up his fourth loss in his last six starts.

Lorenzen (3-6, 4.80 ERA) was given an early 3-1 lead after the second inning, but he was unable to make it stand up. He allowed a game-tying home run to Andrew McCutchen in the fifth inning, and then allowed two more in the sixth before being lifted from the game.

The month of July was not kind to the rookie, as he went 0-4 with an 8.61 ERA in five starts.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen gets rocked for eight runs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Reds starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen allowed eight runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work in his loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

Lorenzen gave up two home runs in the blowout loss. He dropped to 3-5 with the loss and his ERA ballooned to 4.58 on the season.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen receives no-decision in Monday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen did not pitch well enough to earn a win during Monday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

Lorenzen received a no-decision after allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings of work. He also struck out five and walked three. His ERA now stands at 3.77.

Lorenzen is winless in his last four starts and has just one quality start over those outings.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen gets loss despite allowing two runs Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Reds right-hander Michael Lorenzen was strong in his start against the Marlins on Thursday, but was left with a tough-luck loss. Lorenzen allowed two runs on five hits over six innings, walking four and striking out five. He actually lowered his ERA to 3.53 with Thursday's performance.

Lorenzen (3-4) allowed a first-inning run, and then gave up a second run in the fifth. Otherwise he was able to avoid any serious damage, despite a rather significant amount of baserunners in the 2-0 loss.

"I wasn't able to outpitch Fernandez," Lorenzen said, per MLB.com. "That was my goal. When you get an opportunity to go up against a guy like him, you want to do your best and show that you can compete at the highest level."

The rookie heads into the All-Star break on a bit of a roll, having allowed a total of nine earned runs in 28 2/3 innings over his last five starts.

"There are lessons to be learned," manager Bryan Price said. "Number one, when you don't have your best stuff, you can still compete -- which he did today…They just sprinkled a few base hits throughout the course of their lineup. I'll tell ya, when Michael gets to where he's commanding the zone better, he's gonna be a force."


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen can't get passed fourth inning Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Reds rookie starter Michael Lorenzen was not effective in his outing on Friday against the Brewers. Lorenzen needed 90 pitches to get through four innings, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in the 12-1 blowout.

Lorenzen (3-3, 3.58 ERA) gave up a solo home run to Gerardo Parra to kick off the game. After giving up another run in the first, Lorenzen served up another solo home run in the second inning, this time to Aramis Ramirez. .

"I definitely could have done better with that, and pitch selection," Lorenzen said, per MLB.com. "I felt good, everything felt really good. I think sometimes you second-guess yourself and throw some pitches and there's no conviction behind them. That's what happens sometimes. You just learn from it."

Friday's performance marks the shortest start for Lorenzen. He came into the evening having allowed four earned runs over his previous three starts.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen effective in no-decision on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Reds rookie right-hander Michael Lorenzen pitched well against the Mets on Saturday. Lorenzen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked four and struck out four, as he took a no-decision. 

Lorenzen gave up a third-inning solo home run to Curtis Granderson for his only blemish on the afternoon. He left in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but no further damage was done.

The game was suspended by rain after the sixth inning with the score tied 1-1, and it will be resumed prior to the scheduled game on Sunday afternoon.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen earns win in Sunday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen produced a solid outing Sunday to help lead the Reds to a 5-2 win over the Marlins.

"Today was a special day pitching on Father's Day," Lorenzen said, per MLB.com. "I got to throw on Mother's Day last time and I actually got to fly in my dad last night. This is the second time he's seen me play in person since I was about 16, maybe since I was 9. This is the second time he's seen me play in person, so it's a pretty special day. He was up in the stands today, so it was awesome."

Lorenzen (3-2) allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. He also struck out five and walked one. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Justin Bour in the second inning.

"Honestly, I didn't feel right on the mound," Lorenzen said. "My warmups, I was all over the place, didn't feel right, but the defense behind me picked me up huge."

Lorenzen is now 2-0 in his last two starts and has allowed a total of four runs. His next expected start is scheduled for Friday at the New York Mets.


Reds' pitching rotation shuffled after rainout


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) The Reds were rained out on Thursday against the Tigers, so their pitching rotation was shuffled because of it.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, who was scheduled to pitch Thursday, will instead head to the mound on Friday against the Marlins.

Anthony DeSclafani will throw on Saturday and Michael Lorenzen will pitch on Sunday.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen gets first win since May 5


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Reds starter Michael Lorenzen evened his record at 2-2 with a win over Detroit. 

Lorenzen allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings. He walked three and struck out one.

Lorenzen has walked at least three batters in his last seven starts. His next start is Sunday, against Miami. 


Red SP Michael Lorenzen roughed up, loses second game of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Reds starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen git roughed up during his team's 6-3 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

Lorenzen threw 4 1/3 innings, but allowed five earned runs and three walks in the loss. His command was spotty, but he was able to zone in occasionally as he did manage to strike out six batters. 

Lorenzen (1-2) has a 5.23 ERA in 32 2/3 innings this season.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen tosses six innings in no-decesion


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Reds right-handed pitcher Michael Lorenzen threw six innings in his team's 9-7 loss to the Padres on Saturday.

In six innings, Lorenzen allowed three earned runs, walked three batters and recorded five strikeouts.

Lorenzen (1-1) allowed a solo home run to Matt Kemp in the fourth inning, and allowed Kemp to double to runs in during the fifth inning.

For the season, Lorenzen has a 3.29 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.


Reds P Michael Lorenzen walks 6 batters in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Though Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen had some issues with his control on the mound, he only gave up two earned runs in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Nationals. 

Lorenzen walked six batters, indicating his struggles throughout his time in the game. But while the bases on balls were high, Lorenzen struck out four batters and only surrendered one hit through 6 1/3 innings. His day ended up being a no-decision. 

Lorenzen now has a 3.06 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for Saturday against the Padres. 


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen to start vs. Nationals on Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen will start Sunday against the Nationals with Johnny Cueto still sidelined due to an elbow injury, manager Bryan Price said Friday.

Lorenzen is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four starts this season. He has a 9.00 ERA in two relief appearances.


Reds SP Michael Lorenzen allows one run in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Despite only allowing one run over seven innings of work, Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen received a no-decision during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rockies.

"That was Michael Lorenzen as good as I've seen him," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com.

Lorenzen's lone mistake was giving up a solo home run to Nick Hundley in the fifth inning. He struck out three batters and walked three during the outing while lowering his ERA to 3.12.

"It's just a mentality, I made a promise to Cincinnati that I would do everything in my power to prepare as much as I can and come out and perform at my highest ability," Lorenzen said. "I threw the ball with confidence, and every pitch I threw tonight was with a purpose."

Tuesday's start was the first time Lorenzen was able to pitch more than six innings in his four starts this season. It is not known when his next start will be.


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.