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Michael Lorenzen was one of the more interesting prospects from last June's draft, as a right fielder/reliever from Cal St. Fullerton with big upside both ways but varying levels of success making contact at the plate and limited experience on the mound. I heard he was working in the high-80's as a starter right after the draft after working in the mid-to-upper 90's in college in one inning stints. While the velocity is back, there are still plenty of concerns for the Reds recent sandwich rounder.
Lorenzen worked at 92-95 mph with occasional two-seam life to his fastball and the slider that was at times plus as an amateur was 81-83 mph and below average all day, just flashing average at times. Lorenzen's 82-85 mph changeup was a little further along but was also no better than average at best on this day. His command was awful in this outing and while I know he has a better slider and the athleticism and delivery to improve, this outing and the post-draft buzz raise a lot of questions for Lorenzen. I really don't like how his arm comes to a stop behind his hip (it disappears on the video because it isn't moving for a beat) and with game command struggles that will need to be fixed as it looks to be affecting his timing. I've mentioned many times before that "fixing" an arm action almost never works but it may be a must if this continues.
The arm is fresh, Lorenzen is very athletic with a solid delivery and three average or better pitches that he's just now committing himself full-time to developing but he'll be 22 all of next season and hasn't had sustained success on the mound before. There's ceiling here but there's a lot of work to be done.
Facing off against Lorenzen was Nationals lefty Sammy Solis. Solis has pedigree as well, going in the 2nd round in the 2010 draft out of San Diego and with good size at 6'5/230. He underwent Tommy John surgery during spring training in 2012 (missing the season) and only went 59.2 innings this spring, so the AFL was a good spot for him to rack up some innings. Scouts remarked that his stuff hasn't been the same since surgery but there's still a possible big league future here.
Solis sat 90-92 with occasional two-seam life, hitting 93 mph. He also used an 80-82 mph changeup and 78-80 mph slider that both are fringy now but flash average to slightly above average potential. That's no better than a back-end starter and may just be a swing man, but 6'5 lefties with three average pitches and some idea what they're doing can always find a home on a big league roster. There's a slight chance the stuff comes back a little more but as long as keeps getting more innings and consistency, he'll get a big league shot in the next few years.
The bullpen arms for this game were much more like Lorenzen than Solis, with multiple below-average command types really struggling. RHP Jamie Walczak of the Reds sat 90-92 with some life to his fastball along with an average mid-70's curveball and solid-average 78-81 mph changeup but his command was fringy and he's more of a last man on the staff type for me. Dodgers RHP Yimi Garcia throws from a three-quarters slot with some effort and fringy command, but sat 91-94 mph with a fringy to average slider at 81-83 mph, also putting him in the emergency call-up type category. Lastly, the Dodgers had one more reliever worth mentioning in lefty Jarret Martin. After being released by the Orioles, Los Angeles reworked Martin's delivery and he's been regularly in the mid-to-upper 90's in relief this season. He was only 91-94 mph for me and his 79-84 mph slurve was just fringy, but Martin converted to full-time reliever earlier this season, so velocity fluctuations due to the new throwing schedule are understandable.