InsidePitchMagazine.com: Congratulations on being drafted today. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the New York Mets?
Zack Lutz: It was just an awesome feeling. The Mets were the team that my family and I were hoping would pick me. My dad is a huge Mets fan and that organization is just fantastic. They have a great blend of accomplished veterans and rising stars and to be able to say that I'm now involved with that is truly an honor.
Inside Pitch: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Mets?
Lutz: I'm definitely like a David Eckstein-type of player; I'm always hustling. I may not have all the tools and everything yet, but no one loves to be out there as much as I do. I love being able to be on the field and have a good time; I'm always giving 100%.
Inside Pitch: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
Lutz: One weakness I have is probably working out too much. Sometimes, I get a bit fatigued out there, because I'm always working hard. After a good game, I'll come home and hit more, when I should be resting. I think in a way that it's one of my strength's as well, because I know I put everything I have into this game and that I'm truly dedicated. Growing up, when everyone was out hanging out and having a good time, I was always home, working on my game.
Inside Pitch: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Mets' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
Lutz: I don't know, probably someone like David Eckstein, or someone else that always gives everything they have while on the field. I'm a little bit bigger than he is, but I'm always giving 100%. I'm not as fast as he is, but I like to think that I'm pretty quick and a smart base runner. I also work very hard trying to get on base the same way he does and I do whatever it takes to help my team win.
Inside Pitch: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Mets or were you surprised when they selected you?
Lutz: My family and I were hoping I got drafted by the Mets, but I was expecting it. When I went to the pre-draft workout at Shea, I talked to a few people from the organization, especially [Mets Scout and Former Cyclones Hitting coach] Scott Hunter and they made me feel great about my abilities and I felt so confident when I was there; they were great. Going to Shea and seeing how organized everything was, it's easy to see why they're such a great organization and I'm very happy that I can say I'm a part of all of this.
Inside Pitch: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved to another position?
Lutz: They've told me that they'd like to see me at third, first and the outfield and I'm totally comfortable with being a utility-man. I just want to try and get my bat into the lineup; it's just a matter of them finding a place for me on the field.
Inside Pitch: With David Wright being a virtual lock at third base for the next decade, unless he suffers a serious injury and the Mets having a platoon at second base the past few seasons, would you have any problems playing there?
Lutz: Not at all. Like I said, I'll play wherever they put me. I played there from time to time during high school and college. I also did some pitching, but I don't think I'll be doing that in the pros.
Inside Pitch: Who was your favorite team and player growing up?
Lutz: Right now, I'm a huge David Wright and Jose Reyes fan, because I love the type of energy they bring to the field every day. Just watching those guys play, you can learn so much. Off the field as well, they carry themselves with class. I mean, David Wright has his own foundation and Jose Reyes is another class act who just loves what he does and has all this energy. I really respect those guys. Growing up, I was a huge Mets fan, but I don't think I had a favorite player. To me, my father [Alvernia College baseball coach Yogi Lutz] was my inspiration because ever since I was young, he always let me practice with the team and the guys have always taken me under their wing and its helped make me what I am today.
Inside Pitch: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Mets? Is it your intention to sign now and start your professional career immediately?
Lutz: I really want to start playing pro ball this summer, but I just want to make sure I get treated fairly for the round I was chosen in. I'm going to take a look at what some of the other guys got in years past. I don't think it's going to be a problem though.
Inside Pitch: Are you ready for the pressure that comes with playing New York?
Lutz: Definitely. In college, I played in front of 500 people, but I know I'll be able to play in front of bigger crowds. I see the way the Yankees and their fans treat Alex Rodriguez in big situations and I know that I can't control those types of things, so I'm just going to have to focus on playing my game and do whatever it takes to help the team win. I'm definitely looking forward to the adrenaline rush that comes with playing front of that many fans though.
Inside Pitch: Is there anything else that you want to say to the fans in New York?
Lutz: I plan on working hard everyday and giving my all and doing whatever I can to help any team in the organization that I'm playing for win. I love to be out there competing and I'm going to be giving my teammates and the fans nothing but 100%.
Q&A with Mets' 5th Rd Pick Zach Lutz
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