Tigers To Focus On Pitching With Multi-Position Player; Won't Use Him Offensively

The Detroit Tigers want to optimize his potential on the mound.

Tigers starter Michael Lorenzen will not be used as a hitter this season, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters on Thursday.

Despite Lorenzen's past experience at the plate during his time with the Cincinnati Reds, the Tigers prefer to prioritize his pitching abilities as a key component of their starting rotation.

Lorenzen signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Tigers in December after he compiled a 4.24 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, with 85 strikeouts across 97.2 innings and 18 starts last season with the Los Angeles Angels.

For his batting career, the thirty-one-year-old holds a .233/.282/.429 triple-slash line, with seven home runs, 24 RBIs, five stolen bases and 20 runs scored over 133 at-bats.

He was a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 MLB Draft.
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