Sept. 9, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton's sophomore Michael Lorenzen (OF, Anaheim, Calif., Fullerton HS) and juniors Dylan Floro (RHP, Merced, Calif.,Buhach Colony HS) and Carlos Lopez (1B, Northridge, Calif., Crespi HS) have been listed by Baseball America as three top summer league prospects in its breakdown of the best players participating in over 20 leagues around the United States.
Lorenzen, the 2011 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, ranked 10th of the Top 20 prospects participating with USA Baseball on the Collegiate National team this past summer. The outfielder hit .317 with two home runs and 10 RBI and also stole five bases in 14 games for the Red, White and Blue.
His summer effort was a follow-up to his freshman All-American campaign with the Titans last spring that saw him hit a team-leading .342 with 2 home runs and 31 RBI in 49 games. The right-handed hitting Lorenzen struck out just 24 times all year and posted an on-base percentage of .427. He also stole 19 bases and had 5 outfield assists.
Floro ranked 28th out of 30 prospects after a solid stint in the highly-touted Cap Cod Leage. The right-handed pitcher played with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks and posted a 2.48 ERA over 29 innings of work. The side-armer collected a team high four wins and struck out 27 batters over five starts/seven appearances.
Floro had a down year last season with the Titans compared to the work that earned him Baseball America freshman All-American status and conference freshman pitcher of the year in 2010. We went 4-2 with a 4.23 ERA in 55 innings - mostly in relief. He did however rack up a team-high 25 appearances and made five spot starts for Dave Serrano's Titan pitching staff that compiled a team ERA of 2.88.
Lopez is a career .349 hitter with Cal State Fullerton and is oftern considered one of the most pure hitters in the Big West. He played this past summer with the St. Cloud River Bats and was ranked No. 20 by Baseball America in its Top 20 countdown of the upper Mid-West 's Northwoods League prospects. While in Minnesota, Lopez led the team with a .316 batting average, hit four home runs and drove in 25 runs, while stealing a whopping 26 bases.
Last year for Fullerton, Lopez finished percentage points behind Lorenzen for the team lead in batting average, hitting .342 on the year. He struck out just 11 times in 158 at bats and hit. THe left-handed hitter spent time in the Titan outfield as well as in the line-up as the designated hitter, driving home 31 runs with two long-balls to his credit.
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