Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 12/27/11
Donald Lutz came into the 2011 season as an under the radar type of prospect, noting in the 2011 Prospect Guide that he “had solid plate discipline and some good raw power”. He was a little old for the levels he had played at, but didn’t grow up playing the game so his actual age doesn’t reflect his baseball age. Lutz began the season off with an interesting April where he hit .301/.338/.589. The average and slugging were both good to see, but he walked just 3 times on the month and struck out 23 times. That was a bit of a concern and something to keep an eye on as he moved forward with the season. The good though was that he had 6 doubles and 5 home runs on the month, showing off some big time power. In May, there was a big drop off for Lutz in terms of production as he hit just .232/.298/.358. He had 29 strikeouts and 8 walks, improving his plate discipline some, but he struck out at a higher rate than you would like to see and his power dropped off quite a bit with half as many d...
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