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Lorenzo Guillermo Buelna Lara

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Lorenzo Buelna is a minor league baseball player who was signed by the Anaheim Angels as an undrafted free agent on January 12, 1999 and played for the DSL Angels that year, hitting .270 with 2 HR and 36 RBI. He played for the Butte Copper Kings in 2000 and hit .262/.324/.386 and stole 17 bases in 23 tries. He has not played American professional baseball since, playing in the Mexican League since 2001.

Buelna batted .246 with 0 HR and 21 RBI his first season with Puebla, but in his next year, he improved to .290 (1 HR, 33 RBI). 2003 was his breakout year, as he hit .346/?/.474 and was sixth in the Mexican League in batting average. He made the league All-Star team in the outfield along with Roberto Mendez and Luis C. Garcia. He slipped to .303/.385/.405 in 2004 and his average was not much above average in the high-octane Liga Mexicana; he was 15 points below the Puebla team average. Lorenzo bounced back in 2005 with a .332/.388/.527 batting line, hitting second or sixth while playing left field. He was above league-average, though possibly below for outfielders in general. By the end of 2005, his minor league batting average was .306, not counting his season in the Dominican.

In 2006, he hit .300/.367/.430 for Puebla then batted .278/.409/.444 in limited action for the Yaquis de Obregón in winter play. Buelna batted .330/.370/.424 for Puebla in 2007. Buelna played for Mexico in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, hitting .229/.364/.400 with 10 runs in 10 games for the 7th-place team. In 2007, he hit .330, in 2008 his mark was .280 for Puebla and the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz, in 2009 it reached .303 for Puebla and the Sultanes de Monterrey, in 2010 it was .294 for Monterrey and the Olmecas de Tabasco and in 2011 it slumped to .251. He did not play in 2012, but returned for 2013 to hit .237 in 61 games for Tabasco.

Buelna was involved in the "age-change conspiracy" that is somewhat common with foreign baseball players. He came into the United States claiming his birthdate was January 24, 1981, when in reality his birthdate was exactly one year earlier.

Sources include 2001-2004 Baseball Almanacs, 2005-2006 Baseball Guides, Minor League Baseball.com, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database

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