By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
May 12, 2010
I had a quick six-inning look at Mike Lorenzen last week.
First at-bat, he gave me one of the better swings I have seen from him in a high school game this year when he firmly doubled to right-center, going opposite field, and getting to second base in 8.3 seconds with a headfirst dive.
In the second at-bat, he dropped a metal-bat bleeder into right field. It’s probably an out with wood, but oh well. He gave a 3.4 stolen base time.
In the last at-bat I saw, he ran for me, which as I tell players, I always appreciate. The watch read a solid 4.35 from the right side.
Playing center field, he ran down a ball in the right-center gap and speared it on a hop. He turned and made an off-balance throw to second base, falling down as he threw. The throw went right to the bag, which means he threw to the right base and held the guy. That is an overlooked play but it’s a good evaluation play because he showed the athleticism to catch up to the ball and the arm strength to be able to make a throw with something on it while off-balance.