Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/20/12
If a player can hit over .300 with good patience and power… why isn’t he playing in the big leagues?  The answers to that question are varied but in the particular case of Zach Lutz, let’s try to get to the bottom of it. Lutz was a 5th round pick for the Mets back in 2007.  Zach’s father, Yogi Lutz (…AWESOME!), was his coach through high school where Lutz played third base (The same position he plays today).  The fielding reports I’ve gotten on Lutz have been varied.  I read at least one poor and one good review of his defense.  This leads me to believe that he could hack it at third base… but probably not win a gold glove. In terms of hitting, Lutz has tended to be a solid hitter.  He doesn’t have prodigious power, like Mark Reynolds, or speed, like David Wright, but he does hit… and hitting is worth something.  Let’s look at his yearly slash lines: 2008, NYP – .333/.442/.514 OPS: .956 2009, FSL + EAS – .278/.376/.426 OPS: .802 2010, GCL + FSL + EAS + INT – .287/.380/.571
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