Fun Cards Submission: 2005 Topps Michael Lorenzen (2013 Draft Pick)
A 6’3 junior from Cal State-Fullerton, Michael Lorenzen was drafted 38th overall in the “Competitive Balance Round A” yesterday by the Cincinnati Reds. TWJ contributor Patrick went back to the 2005 Topps design again for this “fun card.” Here’s the skinny on the right-handed pitcher:
Lorenzen has been on the radar for a while now, having been drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 Draft out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays. He opted to head to Fullerton instead, and he still has the raw tools and the plus makeup people liked three years ago. The two-time USA Baseball Collegiate Team member hasn’t consistently turned the tools into performance, though. With a Ryan Braun like body type, Lorenzen can flat out play center field, covering gap-to-gap extremely well with a plus arm. He does have some gap power at the plate and he runs well, though he’s better underway. The question is if he’ll hit enough at the next level. He does throw mid-to-upper 90s fastballs as Fullerton’s closer and that could be an “if all else fails” backup plan. Lorenzen didn’t have a great summer numbers-wise, hitting .171 with no extra-base hits and two stolen bases, for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team during exhibitions in Cuba and in Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands. He also pitched in three games, picking up a win, a loss and a save. He didn’t allow a hit, but he did allow four walks while striking out one.