Tuesday afternoon news and notes Doug Gray October 29, 2013 4 Comments While the site is certainly leaning towards being heavy on the prospects list this week, there are still other things going on in Cincinnati Reds prospect world. One of the more important things that has come up over the last week is the news that Michael Lorenzen is officially being tried out as a starting pitcher. The Reds drafted Lorenzen in the supplemental first round and at first they talked about giving him a chance to be both a position player and a pitcher like he was in college, but that plan is now behind them. The new plan is to take a fresh and very live arm and moving him into the rotation. Here is what Lorenzen had to say about making the move: “I think the biggest thing is just building up my arm strength, getting better command of all three of my pitches and just figuring out what kind of pitcher I’m going to be,” Lorenzen said. “Just getting used to the starting role.” As I showed last week, Lorenzen is already throwing three pitches, though his change up on that day really could have use some work. Chad Rogers will be the Reds representative at the Arizona League Fall Stars game on November 2nd. The game will be on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5pm if you would like to watch it. So far this year in the AFL Rogers has been dominant with a 0.00 ERA in 7.2 innings with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts. Baseball America used a mathematically formula based on the league top 20 lists to rank the MLB organizations farm systems. The Reds came in at #25 on the list. I believe their system is more likely in the 15-20 range, but with the system that they used, some guys are punished a bit more than they would be in a more general ranking. 4 Responses Kevin Davis October 29, 2013 Doug, Given the fact that the Reds minor’s had the worst record (or close to it), I think 25th should be OKAY. I lot of players who just a year ago were considered high prospects just did not perform this year. Doug Gray October 29, 2013 The math used doesn’t quite work out with reality. I like the idea, I even do similar things often enough trying to make generalized prospect rankings. But even they note, Byron Buxton, the nearly universal top prospect in baseball, doesn’t even rank in the top 10 by these rankings. In turn that means that a guy like Robert Stephenson is also going to be way undervalued as well compared to his actual prospect ranking. Phillip Ervin, by these rankings, was the 6th most valuable prospect behind Stephenson, Hamilton, Winker, Rodriguez and Lively. He is way undervalued here as well. That is why I have them a bit higher than this formula is spitting out. stock October 29, 2013 How is Ervin behind Lively? Per Baseball America Ervin was the Pioneer Leagues 2nd best prospect and Lively was 6th. Doug Gray October 29, 2013 They also gave out points based on being a pitcher, which boosted Lively ahead of Ervin.