By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 26, 2010
I’ve seen Mike Lorenzen at Area Codes, Aflac, Fall Ball and now in a high school double-header. Man, I hate metal bats, because they make good hitters fall into bad traps.
In this double-header, Lorenzen tried to do too much. The right-handed hitting Lorenzen hurts himself as a hitter when he only tries to go to left field. He is absolutely at his best when he’s going left-center to right-center. His hands will let him do this and be strong enough to retain the pole power to left. I’ve seen him do this with wood, but with metal, he fell into the trap of trying to yank everything down the left-field line. When he can consistently go gap-to-gap, I see no reason why his power should not play down the lines when the pitch is there for it. I see no reason why he should not be a productive hitter in coming years.
Now, Lorezen does have pole power. No doubt. But he got himself into trouble in these at-bats by only trying to hit to one slice of the field. The approach he showed in this look will not work for him as a professional. In this series of at-bats, he basically gave away the inner half of the plate. I’m not one to write off anyone in four or five at-bats in high school, but the challenge for the hitter is to show the aptitude for adjustment. The window for self-correction narrows as the game speeds up. To maximize his talent, he will have to show he can cover middle-in. It comes down to learning how to trust his hands. I’ve seen this guy do that with wood.
This is why I hate metal – just like it can make ordinary guys look better, it can trick better hitters into mistakes. If I were the area guy assigned to him, I would want to see the next game or two to see what kind of adjustments he makes. He did, later in the night, hit a ball well to left field. So that’s something you’d scout for, the ability to make in-game corrections, and good hitters make quick corrections. Such observations should be part of the overall look at any given player.