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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fullerton's Mr. Do-It-All

Kendall Rogers        
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Few players in college baseball are as special as former PG Aflac All American and Cal State Fullerton outfielder Michael Lorenzen.

Lorenzen is one of the highest rated prospects in the game, expected to be one of the top picks, perhaps even the top position player, selected in the 2013 MLB draft. Yet, no matter what coach Rick Vanderhook and the Titans need, he's always there. He wants the challenge.

So, when the Titans went to him in the offseason and gauged his interest in playing both the outfield and serving as closer, the decision was a no brainer to the stud sophomore. His answer was yes, and there was zero hesitation about that decision.

Perhaps with that attitude, no one should be surprised he's excelling at both roles for the Titans this season. His future at the next level is clearly as a position player, but he's certainly making the best of his two-part role for the time being.

"He's an athlete, he's a baseball player," Vanderhook said. "Big-time players make big-time plays, and he's a guy that just goes out there all the time and makes big-time plays."

Lorenzen's rise up the charts should come as no surprise. He was one of the nation's elite freshmen last season, hitting an impressive and team-leading .342 with two home runs and 31 RBIs. He also had a .427 on-base percentage and was 19-for-26 in stolen bases.


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