One of the early talks of the spring was how impressive Michael Lorenzen was to Bryan Price. Lorenzen was a two way player in college, coming out of center field (literally) to close games out on the mound. Some teams preferred him as an outfielder coming into the 2013 draft, but the Reds saw him as a pitcher and selected him as such. Despite early mentions that he could do both, the Reds have him on the mound and keeping him there seems to be the plan as they have moved him to the rotation.
The move to the rotation is a big one for Lorenzen, who pitched in a very limited relief role in college. How the team monitors and controls the number of innings on his arm will be interesting to see. Most reliever to starter conversions happen with guys who have at least some kind of history starting, but Lorenzen doesn’t really have that, making him a very unique case. In 2013 the right hander threw 61 innings between Cal State Fullerton, the minor league season and the Arizona Fall League. Teams usually don’t jump players much more than 30 innings from one year to the next, which would limit Lorenzen to somewhere in the 90-100 inning range, which if he is used as a starter is going to mean 3-4 inning starts all season long or some skipped starts along the way unless he is used like Aroldis Chapman in 2010 and starts for the first half and relieves in the second half.
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