Saturday, January 19, 2013

Scouting the Draft: Michael Lorenzen

My MLB Draft has a revised mock draft up that has Fullerton OF/RHP Michael Lorenzen going to the Giants at #26.  I it just so happens that Minor League Ball has a profile up on Lorenzen too.  So, let's take a look at Michael Lorenzen.

I remember that Lorenzen was a highly rated HS player coming into the 2010 draft.  He chose to go to college at CS Fullerton where he has played CF and pitched out of the bullpen.  Lorenzen is listed as 6'2, 180 lbs., or 6'3", 195 lbs. depending on your source.  He looks closer to the 6'3" in videos.  He has long arms and legs giving him a lanky look.  He may have room to fill out his frame, but looking at the vids, I am not so sure he will carry extra weight all that well.  That is just the way he is built.  He is a 5 tool player whose best tool is his arm.  He has hit 98 on radar guns and has a good slider to go with it, causing some scouts to think he might be a better pitching prospect than hitting prospect.  The big question, as it seems to be with most toolsy guys, is the bat.

I agree with Matt Garrioch.  The swing looks long and a bit on the slow side, maybe a bit uncoordinated. He has a lot of elbows and knees  and hips flying every which way, which reminds me a lot of Hunter Pence!  He has speed to play CF and the arm to play RF and he can steal a base.  He plays in a conference that tends to favor pitching.

Michael Lorenzen would be a risky pick with a high ceiling and a fallback option of converting to pitching if the bat fails to develop.

2012 NCAA:  .297/.353/.435, 2 HR, 14 SB.
                     2-0, 1.23, 22 IP, 5 BB, 17 K's, 16 Saves.

1 comment:

  1. I think the Giants have enough talent spread out in CF they will put Lorenzen down the priority list. Lorenzen seems like too big a questionmark for the first round and I doubt he stays around for our 2nd pick.