Hello! Welcome to the fourth edition of the new Angels Beat newsletter. Rhett Bollinger has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2019. Prior to that, he covered the Twins for eight seasons.
ANAHEIM — Angels fans got their first glimpse of right-hander Michael Lorenzen in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Marlins, and Lorenzen made the most of his first start with his hometown Halos by throwing six strong innings with seven strikeouts. Lorenzen was born in Anaheim, and he attended nearby Fullerton Union High School and Cal State Fullerton before being selected by the Reds in the first round of the 2013 Draft.
But after seven years with Cincinnati, Lorenzen chose the Angels in free agency this past offseason, as it was an opportunity for him to pitch close to home and the Halos were willing to allow him the chance to start after mostly pitching in relief with the Reds.
Lorenzen, 30, grew up an Angels fan and shared some of his favorite memories of the club growing up, including his favorite player.
“Jim Edmonds was the reason why I played center field,” Lorenzen said. “Obviously, he made that catch against Kansas City, which I think was the best catch ever.”