Michael David Lentz
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Juanita High School
- Born December 26, 1956
Mike Lentz is one of only a handful of number two overall draft picks to never reach the major leagues.
He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1975 amateur draft and began his professional career that year. He started off well, as he went 5-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 11 starts for the low-A Walla Walla Padres. He was 7th in the Northwest League in ERA.
He advanced to Double-A in 1976 and pitched for the Amarillo Gold Sox, with whom he struggled - in 11 games (10 starts), he went 5-3 with a 5.47 ERA. He pitched for the Gold Sox again in 1977 and went 4-8 with a 5.79 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 23 games (17 starts). He finished his career in A-ball, as he pitched for the Reno Silver Sox in 1978, his final professional season. That year, he went 8-11 with a 5.35 ERA in 26 starts. He allowed 210 hits, six shy of California League leader Alan Hargesheimer.
Overall, Lentz pitched four years in the minors and went 22-25 with a 5.05 ERA in 71 games (64 starts).