Height/Weight: 6’1”, 220 lbs
Acquired: 5th rd 2007 (Alvernia)
Born: 6/3/86 (Reading, PA)
2011 Rank: 19
Why Ranked Here: I’m just going to reuse here what I wrote last year: when he’s healthy, Lutz can really hit. But he’s often not healthy. For the second straight year, he played in under 75 games.
Ranking Lutz in front of Tovar feels funny. There’s a really good chance Tovar will have a longer MLB career with more plate appearances. However, there’s also a much higher chance that Lutz provides some value now, say in 2012 than Tovar. That counts for something here. The two are kinda the reverse player. The questions around Lutz have to do with everything when he’s not in the batters’ box. Where is he? What’s hurting now? Can he play third base? For Tovar, the questions about his game start and end in the batter’s box. He’s never been injured and he’s a brilliant defender. I certainly don’t think you’d be wrong to flip the two.
Also, Lutz is on the 40-man roster and will play in the majors this year.
2011: He was limited to 35 games at third, 14 at first and 61 overall for Buffalo thanks to a hamstring issue, a broken finger, and then a concussion.
Dr. Pangloss Says: David Freese
Debbie Downer Says: Nick Evans called from parts unknown (somewhere near Bradenton, FL on his way to Pirates’ spring training: he wanted to point out how tough it is to make a roster as an unproved, defensively limited right-handed bench bat.
Projected 2012 Start: Buffalo
MLB Arrival: 2012
|2011 – AAA||61||220||65||12||0||11||27||70||0||0||3||.295||.380||.500|
|2011 – AAA||9.2||28.0||10.8||4.4||.388|