Class: College Junior
Hometown: Anaheim, California
Born: January 4, 1992
Another multiple-occasion draftee, Michael Lorenzen will no doubt go higher than his previous drafting back in 2010, when the Rays selected him out of Fullerton High School in the seventh-round. Lorenzen didn’t do much negotiating and decided to stay close to home, signing with Cal State-Fullerton.
Lorenzen wowed just about everyone with his freshman campaign. He led the squad with a .342 average, and produced an impressive .373 in conference play. He combined for 13 extra-base hits, struck out just 24 times (a fantastic number for a first-year player) and swiped 19 bases. In the field, Lorenzen drew rave reviews for his range and throwing ability. He gunned down five baserunners attempting to advance in just 49 games and committed just two errors all year.
He got no rest during the summer, in which he toured with Team USA’s Collegiate squad. He hit .317 with ten RBI in 14 contests and once again displayed impressive defensive ability.
Lorenzen’s sophomore campaign wasn’t as impressive, but it also wasn’t without its bright spots. He paced the squad with 20 doubles and three triples, drove in a team-high 43 runs and stole 14 bases. He also racked up six more assists.
Blessed with impressive size (6’3” and 195 lbs) and great speed, Lorenzen is able to play all three outfield positions, although his greatest value would lie in center if he could remain there long-term. He doesn’t offer much power, but he has drawn comparisons to Ryan Braun.