Scouting Mets Prospect #49: Zach Lutz

Lutz is solid on both sides of the ball

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 as a corner infielder.

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

Batting and Power: Lutz's major strengths come on the offensive side of the ball. He has a quick, short, and compact stroke from the right side and he is adept at using the whole field. He shows solid big league plate discipline and does not swing much out of the zone. He has average power overall but it can tick up to the above average range on the pull side. He is about as consistent as they come giving good at-bats.

Base Running and Speed: Built like a fire hydrant, he has no meaningful speed. He is a station to station runner in every sense of the term.

Defense: Lutz is a solid defensive player at third base. His range is more average than anything but he does make all of the routine plays in consistent fashion. He has good arm strength, decent hands, and he is actually quite good on the slow-roller plays.

Projection: Lutz is unfortunate to be in the Mets' system where nobody has a chance to supplant David Wright at the hot corner. Ideally he would have a decent shot to break in as a potential starting third baseman type on a second division team with a need, but as it stands he has the solid enough overall game, including average power, consistent hitting ability, and solid defensive work to project as a solid corner infield bench player. He is also decent insurance in case an injury should arise at the big league level too.

ETA: N/A. Lutz made his big league debut last season and he will most likely be on the Las Vegas-Queens shuttle in 2013 if he doesn't secure a bench role with the big league club.

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