Lorenzen and the Reds reached an agreement Friday on a one-year, $1.95 million deal, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Lorenzen threw 81 innings for the Reds last season, finishing with a 3.11 ERA, though a modest 15.7 percent strikeout rate and an unimpressive 9.9 percent walk rate suggest that some regression may be coming. His role may be expanded this season, with the Reds talking about using him in the outfield occasionally to take advantage of a bat which has produced a 101 wRC+ (.250/.276/.500) and six homers in 92 major-league plate appearances.
Lorenzen (4-2) threw 5.2 scoreless innings Saturday to register the victory over Pittsburgh, working around five hits and two walks while striking out two. He also notched an RBI single. The two-way player helped his cause by driving in Dilson Herrera in the fourth inning. Lorenzen has sandwiched a Sept. 23 loss with a combined 9.2 scoreless innings in two positive outings, finishing the 2018 season with a 3.11 ERA in 81 innings, but he probably overachieved, considering his 6.0 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 overall. He pitched well in relief (3.21 ERA in 67.1 innings) but might get a chance to compete for a rotation gig in 2019, making him an arm to watch for NL-only fantasy players.
Lorenzen's third start of the season has been pushed up from Sunday to Saturday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. This is part of the fallout from the Reds' decision to shut down Luis Castillo. Anthony DeSclafani will move from Saturday to Friday, and Sunday's start remains open right now.
Lorenzen (3-2) surrendered four runs on nine hits and two walks across four innings and was saddled with the loss Sunday against Miami. Lorenzen gave up all four runs in the third inning on two hits. He exited the game with a 4-0 deficit after throwing 41 of 65 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old made just his second start of the 2018 campaign in the series finale, and he's slated to close out Cincinnati's season Sunday against the Pirates.
Lorenzen allowed one unearned run on one hit in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday, striking out three and walking one in four innings. Making his first start of the year, Lorenzen threw 52 pitches (36 strikes) and pitched quite well against one of the better hitting lineups in the league. In 43 appearances, the right-hander has a 3.03 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 52:30 K:BB in 71.1 innings this season. It's uncertain at this point if Lorenzen will make another start or head back to the bullpen.