Level: Double-A (Dayton)
AZL: 1 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K/0 BB
Single-A (Dayton): 9 G, 1-0, 2 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 7 H, 7 K/2 BB
Single-A (Bakersfield): 5 G, 0-1, 2 SV, 6.35 ERA, 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 6 K/5 BB
Double-A (Pensacola): 7 G, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 5 K/6 BB
Michael Lorenzen is an interesting prospect. He is a dual-threat player who is turning into a pitcher. The 21-year-old had great ability to play center, but the Reds are putting him on the mound.
The right-hander has a great fastball that will make him a great reliever. His arm looks like it will translate very well in the bullpen, and the transition to a reliever could speed up his journey through the minors. His fastball is complemented by a hard curveball that should continue to improve.
Lorenzen was a compensatory pick June's draft, so the Reds are trying to see how quickly he can adjust to pitching as a professional.
Cincinnati is going to let him show if he can hit along the way, but he is going to be used mainly as a reliever.
He was tested in several different levels this year, and he did well in his first year in the organization. The team will be able to work with him in the offseason and get him doing what it wants. As long he continues to work on his breaking ball, his fastball will be good enough to get him to the majors as a reliever in only a few seasons.