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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%: 6/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


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.