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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reds' Draftee Michael Lorenzen On The Fast Track

It has been less than two months since Michael Lorenzen was drafted with the 38th overall pick in the first round by the Reds.  He has already risen two rungs on the ladder to the big leagues.


The Reds promoted the 21-year old out of Cal State Fullerton to Bakersfield in the California League. Lorenzen pitched in nine games, logging 8-1/3 scoreless innings for Dayton with two saves.

Lorenzen played centerfield at Fullerton and went to the mound during save situations.

The move indicates the Reds' organization believes that Lorenzen is at an advanced start of development.

"He comes in, he's 95-98 mph. We do think, if Michael wants to do that, he could get to the big leagues pretty quickly doing that," Buckley told Reds.com. "He's also a very good prospect as a [position] player, so we're going to kind of have a unique plan with him and we're going to try to let him do a little bit of both."
Michael Lorenzen Fullerton

After a brief trip to the Arizona Rookie League, Lorenzen was quickly moved to Dayton.  He has yet to have an at-bat.

Humberto Valor was returned to Dayton after just two games in Pensacola.

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