Feb. 2, 2011
Durham, NC - Baseball America has listed Cal State Fullerton right-handed pitchers Noe Ramirez (Jr., East Los Angeles, Calif.) and Dylan Floro (Soph., Merced, Calif.) and outfielder Michael Lorenzen (Fr., Anaheim, Calif.) among its Top 50 college players in each class that has the greatest professional potential.
Lorenzen (No. 18 of 50 freshmen) comes to Fullerton as a true freshman after bypassing a chance to go pro after high school when he was selected in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Players Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. The 6-3, 180-pound outfielder was a four-time All-Freeway League star for Fullerton High School and was named the MVP of the Freeway League as a senior.
Lorenzen figures to make an immediate impact in the Titans' 2011 line-up. He is slated to be the everyday right fielder.
Sophomore hurler Floro (No. 15 of 50 sophomores) is coming off a solid rookie campaign that saw him earn Freshman All-American status by two other organizations, when he went 7-2 with a 3.26 ERA over 27 appearances. The righty had nearly a 7-to-1 strikeout o walk ratio and was named the Big West Conference's Freshman Pitcher of the Year.
Floro, who finished last season as the Titans' Sunday starter, will be moved back to the bullpen because of his arm resiliency and an abundance of starting pitching to begin with.
Ramirez (No. 25 of 50 juniors) has been listed as a Baseball America All-American in each of his first two seasons with the Titans, and ranks 28th on the Durham, NC, based publication's Top 100 College Draft Prospects released Jan. 3.
Despite missing nearly a month to a broken wrist (glove hand) from a freak accident at practice in April, Ramirez finished 12-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 2010 and struck out 119 in 106.1 innings. He was named to the Big West's first team and was also a semi-finalist for the College Baseball Foundation's Pitcher of the Year Award.
Ramirez went on to play with Team USA in the Summer and helped the Red, White and Blue to a silver medal finish at the V FISU University Baseball Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There he made 9 relief appearances and collected 5 saves and also contributed an inning in a companied no-hitter against Korea.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound side-armer is slated to be Fullerton's Friday night ace, and figures to be on the mound in Long Beach as the Titans take on the Long Beach State 49ers in a non-conference game on Opening Night (Feb. 18).
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