The beginning of Lutz's professional career has been plagued by injuries. The 183rd overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft logged just 74 at-bats in his first two years with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He was finally able to accrue a substantial amount of at-bats last season, registering 356 of them for St. Lucie, before finishing up with 29 at Binghamton.
"Last year was a good year because it was the first year I was actually healthy. The past two years I battled foot injuries, and last year I pulled my hamstring," he said.
Putting in a full healthy season, while carrying over his success from last season will be the main goal for Lutz, and he feels he's quite capable of performing up to last year's standard
"I had a good year last year, I put together a solid season," he said. "I just want to carry that over here and do the same, and do whatever I can to help the team."
Getting into a comfort zone at the plate early on is vital, and Lutz has done just that. He felt good in the spring and has had a solid start to the season, going 5-for-15 with one home run, two RBI, one double and five walks through the first five games.
"I've been swinging the bat good (since Spring Training) and it's been carrying over here too," Lutz said.
Lutz has a steady approach at the plate and is a very mature hitter, as evidenced by his .381 on-base percentage with St. Lucie last season. He also boasts a 91:69 strikeout to walk ratio for his career, impressive for a young hitter. In order to continue to build off of that, patience will be instrumental.
"Right now I'm just trying to stay balanced," Lutz said. "The first few games I've been kind of jumping at the ball, but my last few at-bats (on Saturday) I squared the ball up real good, let the ball get deeper, staying balanced."
"Basically (we've been working on) the inside pitch. Last year I hit the ball away a lot and was working on the inside pitch, using my hands instead of using my body, and it's working out good," Lutz detailed.
Lutz feels very comfortable defensively at third base. He's already displayed his quickness and good arm strength in the first few games. He knows he can be an asset to the team and continue to get better at the hot corner, but the key, as is the key to his entire season, is being able to stay on the field injury free.
"Defensively I feel great, especially now that I'm 100 percent. I'm just ready to go out there, work hard every day, and just stay healthy, and be on the field to help the team," he said.