Sometime during the 2013 season the Cincinnati Reds’ pitching situation became clearer. With an injury to ace Johnny Cueto and looming exit of free agent Bronson Arroyo things could have looked a little bleak for the future. Instead we were introduced to a farm system that suddenly seems to have a ton of great pitching prospects. Michael Lorenzen is yet another one of those.
Lorenzen was the 38th overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft. That is not a typo; he has only been on his professional pitching career path for a handful of months. You might be wondering why the Reds would bring someone out of Rookie or High A-Ball to Spring Training. That question doesn’t apply here though because Lorenzen finished his debut season in Double-A.
That isn’t a typo either. If you want to see a pitcher on a fast track through the minor leagues, it is this young man right here. He should still be a year or so away from being ready for MLB action but who knows what could happen with a great Spring Training. His first camp should be one that will at least let the Reds staff know where he is in relation to MLB hitters.
Because he spent time in college as a reliever and starter, the Reds will take advantage of split-squad chances to get him starting time this spring as they attempt to stretch him into a permanent starter. With his career on the fast track, Lorenzen only needs to perform well this spring to keep it solidly on that path.