Height/Weight: 6’1”/200 lbs
Acquired: 5th rd ’07 (Alvernia College)
Born: 6/3/86 (Reading, PA)
2009 Rank: 34
Why Ranked Here: Zach Lutz can hit. The coach’s son’s .822 OPS was third in the FSL behind only teammate Kirk Niewuwenhuis and Brevard County’s Caleb Gindl. His .284 AVG was 9th in the league and his .381 OBP was second. Lutz hones his superior hand-eye coordination by hitting wiffle balls, and plastic golf-sized balls with a broom handle. Voila! The baseball bat is huge. Scouts like Lutz’s swing, but are worried about his defense at third and whether he falls into tweener territory in the bigs. At 23 heading into 2010, Lutz will no longer really be old for the Eastern League; this will be a big year for his future.
2009: Lutz’s first half was marred by a nearly four-week absence from the end of April into May caused by a nasty virus that was likely related to food poisoning. At the time of the All-Star break in mid-June, he was hitting an unimpressive .235/.355/.373 in 153 AB. In 203 AB after the All-Star Break Lutz ramped that up to a blistering .320/.401/.493 with 11 doubles and eight home runs. Those are just monster numbers for the FSL. However, at 23, Lutz was no youngster on the circuit. All the same, he did what he needed to do, dominating FSL pitching in the second-half before earning a late-season callup to Binghamton.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Lutz develops into a capable starting MLB 3B.
Debbie Downer Says: Bah, he has an injury history too long for my for my poor, downer-ish mind to remember, and he was old for the FSL. He’s an MLB utility guy at best who might have to make his fortune in Japan.
Projected 2010 Start: everyday 3B at Binghamton
MLB Arrival: 2011 (but it might not be NY)