Scouting Mets Prospect #17: Zach Lutz

The New York Mets selected third baseman Zach Lutz in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Alvernia College. A solid offensive contributor who can also play some defense, he gives the Mets a big league ready option.

Vital Statistics
Name: Zach Lutz
DOB: June 3, 1986
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Batting and Power: Lutz is a very talented hitter. With excellent balance in his stance, strong hands and a fast bat, Lutz has the ability to hit for a high average and power. He has some of the best raw power in the system, especially to the pull side where he hit the ball out of the yard with ease, with enough left over to clear the yard to all fields. Lutz hits fastballs with precision and has the discipline to sit back and drive breaking pitches. He is a professional hitter who should have success at the highest level when given regular playing time.

Base Running and Speed: Lutz moves well enough given his stockier build, but do not expect stolen bases from him. Lutz has one stolen base in five career attempts – indicative of both his limited speed and limited aggressiveness on the bases.

Defense: Lutz is a third baseman all the way. There were thoughts that he could slide over to the first base in small doses, but he is better served staying on the hot corner. He has average range to both sides, but reads the ball very well which compensates for respectable lateral movement. He does, however, charge the ball and throw off-balance very well. He shows good hands and a solid third baseman's arm.

Projection: Lutz has a big league bat. It is difficult to find a scout who does not believe that to be true. However, there are limitations to his glove and Lutz can't seem to avoid the injury bug. In 2011 alone, he was plagued by a fractured finger and concussion symptoms. He has played in just 135 games over the past two seasons, but will be a big league producer if he can stay on the field. Nevertheless, given his one plus tool with the bat, his value to this organization may come best as a trade asset to an American League team.

ETA: 2012. Lutz likely would have made his big league debut last season if not for the injuries. It is difficult to see how the organization does not give Lutz a look at some point this season as long as he is healthy.


Amazin Clubhouse Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics
\r\nName: Zach Lutz
\r\nDOB: June 3, 1986
\r\nHeight: 6'1\"
\r\nWeight: 220
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nBatting and Power: Lutz is a very talented hitter. With excellent balance in his stance, strong hands and a fast bat, Lutz has the ability to hit for a high average and power. He has some of the best raw power in the system, especially to the pull side where he hit the ball out of the yard with ease, with enough left over to clear the yard to all fields. Lutz hits fastballs with precision and has the discipline to sit back and drive breaking pitches. He is a professional hitter who should have success at the highest level when given regular playing time.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed: Lutz moves well enough given his stockier build, but do not expect stolen bases from him. Lutz has one stolen base in five career attempts – indicative of both his limited speed and limited aggressiveness on the bases.\r\n
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\r\nDefense: Lutz is a third baseman all the way. There were thoughts that he could slide over to the first base in small doses, but he is better served staying on the hot corner. He has average range to both sides, but reads the ball very well which compensates for respectable lateral movement. He does, however, charge the ball and throw off-balance very well. He shows good hands and a solid third baseman's arm. \r\n
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\r\nProjection: Lutz has a big league bat. It is difficult to find a scout who does not believe that to be true. However, there are limitations to his glove and Lutz can't seem to avoid the injury bug. In 2011 alone, he was plagued by a fractured finger and concussion symptoms. He has played in just 135 games over the past two seasons, but will be a big league producer if he can stay on the field. Nevertheless, given his one plus tool with the bat, his value to this organization may come best as a trade asset to an American League team.\r\n
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\r\nETA: 2012. Lutz likely would have made his big league debut last season if not for the injuries. It is difficult to see how the organization does not give Lutz a look at some point this season as long as he is healthy. \r\n
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