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Player Profile, Michael Lorenzen, RP, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds may have one of the most underrated bullpens in all of baseball, and it has a lot to do with this guy.

MLB: New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Stats

Year Team IP ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB/FB Hard%
Year Team IP ERA FIP WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB/FB Hard%
2015 Reds 113.1 5.40 5.40 1.66 6.59 4.53 1.43 1.30 29.3%
2016 Reds 50.0 2.88 3.67 1.08 8.64 2.34 0.90 3.82 23.0%
2017 Reds 83.0 4.45 4.01 1.35 8.67 3.69 0.98 2.17 26.7%

Lorenzen is one of the most underrated relieve pitchers in all of the major leagues. He could even be Cincinnati Reds closer by the end of the season if Raisel Iglesias struggles or gets hurt. With a ground ball rate of 62.7% in 2016 and 54.6% in 2017 it is hard to ignore his potential on the back end end of the rotation. Add that with his 22.6% soft contact rate and that HR/9 should be spectacular come 2018.

Lorenzen also owned a 10.4 swinging strike rate in 2017 which shows strikeout potential, but the fact that batters were only swinging at 28.9% of pitchers outside the zone shows that he doesn’t catch many batters chasing. This would cut into some of his strikeouts, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it as he is a ground ball specialist. All he needs now is to add some saves to his resume, and I believe he could be an easy top 15 relieve pitcher in any fantasy league come next season.