College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 6 on our Top 100 Countdown is Cal State Fullerton’s Michael Lorenzen. The 6’3 outfielder from Fullerton, California was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.
As a freshman, Lorenzen appeared in 49 games including 40 starts. In his 49 appearances, Lorenzen batted .343. His success earned him a variety of awards including Big West Freshman of the Year and Freshman All-American honors. Lorenzen also played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team where he batted .317 with a home run and 10 RBI.
His success continued into his sophomore year as he made 57 appearances, batting .297 on the year. Lorenzen also made appearances on the mound as he went 2-0 with an ERA of 1.23 and 16 saves in his 22 innings pitched.
From a scouting perspective, Lorenzen is considered to be a five-tool player with the best of his tools being his arm. It pays off for him with long term projectibility as a strong defensive outfielder. Lorenzen’s pure athleticism also adds to his draft stock, making him one of the top players in the 2013 draft class as well as one of the top players to watch for in the 2013 season.