DONALD LUTZ NEWS

Reds not falling into an old trap

John Fay had an article this morning in the Enquirer going over some things from Cincinnati Reds spring training. In it he notes that the veteran signings for the bullpen is going to keep top prospect starting pitchers out of the bullpen. Every team does it,” Price said. “Sometimes, you’re forced to use your younger, less-prepared players. We talked a lot about Donald Lutz...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s in store for Donald Lutz in 2015?

Donald Lutz has spent parts of the last two seasons riding the Cincinnati Reds bench as an injury fill in. He’s managed 113 plate appearances over the two seasons and has struggled, hitting just .211/.239/.284 with four walks and 33 strikeouts. The results haven’t been good. In fact, they’ve been quite bad. At the same time it must be noted that despite making it into 62 games...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (17) | 2013 (15) | 2012 (7) | 2011 (6) | 2010 (17) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [76-86] NL Central AAA: [68-75] International League - Louisville AA: [60-80] Southern League - Pensacola A+: [78-62] California League - Bakersfield (2015: Daytona) A: [68-70] Midwest League - Dayton Graduated Prospects Billy Hamilton, OF | Donald...
Via Razzball
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Reds prospect has the best opposite field power?

One of the things that I include in the Prospect Guide each year is spray charts that include the average, slugging percentage and isolated power to each part of the field for hitters that wind up in the Top 40. What those numbers are to the outfield spots are really the only ones that are important. While a few players did double on balls to the shortstop or second baseman (pop...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Which Reds prospect has the best pull power?

One of the things that I include in the Prospect Guide each year is spray charts that include the average, slugging percentage and isolated power to each part of the field for hitters that wind up in the Top 40. What those numbers are to the outfield spots are really the only ones that are important. While a few players did double on balls to the shortstop or second baseman (pop...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Preview: Cincinnati Reds

With the Winter Meetings upon us, the speculation for all 30 ball clubs has begun. From the speculation of where Jon Lester will sign to the speculation of whether or not the Boston Red Sox will continue to make moves, fans and general managers alike begin to wonder what the future will look like. The Cincinnati Reds have some big question marks and speculation beginning as the Winter...
Via Baseball Essential
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated Redsfest minor league appearance list

Redsfest is coming up on us all very quickly. Starting on Friday at 3pm the doors will open to Redsfest and for two days at least, I won’t miss baseball quite as much. It’s a great event that is put on every year by the Reds to help support the Reds Community Fund. Current, future and past Cincinnati Reds players are in attendance for photos, autographs and most wind up being...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith crushing the ball in Mexico

Earlier today we looked all of the way around the world to Australia to talk about Jake Turnbull. This afternoon we are still looking to the south, but not nearly as much by checking in on Sebastian Elizalde, Donald Lutz and Marquez Smith who are playing winter ball in Mexico. Sebastian Elizalde is playing with Naranjeros de Hermosillo. He’s hitting .323/.371/.511 in 133 at-bats...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds Winter League Updates

All of the winter leagues are now at least two weeks in and the Arizona Fall League is actually over for the Cincinnati Reds host team (the championship game is later tonight on MLB.com or MLB Network if you are itching for some baseball to watch). Here’s a quick statistical update on those playing winter ball. Hitters League AB  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  K SB  AVG  OBP  SLG ...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Lutz is on fire in the Mexican Winter League

With the last week being spent mostly on the Top 25 Prospect List there wasn’t a lot of coverage from elsewhere in the system. Today we will get back to the normal coverage of things and we will pick up by looking at Donald Lutz and his ripping the cover off of the ball down in Mexico. On the season the big left hander is hitting .317/.382/.573 with nine doubles and four home...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Elizalde has a huge weekend in the Mexican Winter League

Sebastian Elizalde had a strong regular season in his first year in the Cincinnati Reds system, hitting .289/.380/.461 with 29 doubles, two triples and 16 home runs between Dayton and Bakersfield in the 2014 season. Signed out of the Mexican League in the 2013 season he made a strong transition to the US. He must have been looking forward to playing in his home country though as...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Cincinnati Reds make the Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects

Last week Baseball America began rolling out there League Top 20 Prospect lists. The Reds were shutout of the Arizona League rankings, though Gavin LaValley was close to making the list. On Monday the Pioneer League Top 20 was released and the Cincinnati Reds were represented quite well on the list. There are just eight teams in the league, so math would suggest that each team should...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Season in Review: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Pensacola Blue Wahoos Record: 60-80 Runs Scored: 569 Runs allowed: 619 April The season began well for the Blue Wahoos as they won a five game series against Tennessee by taking four games.They would go 2-3 in the next series against Huntsville to move their record to 6-4 on the month. Things then fell apart as they went 4-12 the rest of the way to finish out the month at 10-16....
Via Reds Minor Leagues
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Cincinnati Reds to play their call ups

The Cincinnati Reds 2014 season is over. While they aren’t eliminated yet, they are eliminated. Last night they lost 14-5 to the New York Mets. The team is 11 games back of first place. They are not making the playoffs. Even if the team were to win out, the odds still aren’t good that they would make the playoffs. Yet in last night’s loss, the lone position player call up that...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cincinnati Reds will call up 10 players on Tuesday

The Cincinnati Reds have named all of their call ups. Here they are: The Pitchers RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP David Holmberg, RHP JJ Hoover and LHP Ryan Dennick. The Position Players UT Jake Elmore, C Tucker Barnhart, OF Donald Lutz, OF Jason Bourgeois and OF Yorman Rodriguez. Thoughts The two surprises on the list would have to be Jason Bourgeois and Ryan Dennick...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Robert Ramirez hits a long home run

Louisville lost last night, but Donald Lutz had a good night at the plate, going 2-4 with his 12th homer of the season, scored two runs and he drove in two runs. After starting the minor league season on fire, ripping through the Southern League, things slowed down a bit when he was promoted to Triple-A and then the big leagues a week later. Once July rolled around, at least on the...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/28/14

Note: No Game Notes today. I may add some in the morning if I have time before I hit the road to Louisville. Louisville lost 7-3. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 2-4 with a run. Donald Lutz went 2-4 with a HR (12), 2 runs and 2 RBI. Felix Perez went 2-4. Brett Marshall allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 7 innings with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Fabio Castillo threw 1.2 shutout innings...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/26/14

Louisville lost 5-2. Box Score Neftali Soto went 1-3 with a walk. Felix Perez went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Rey Navarro went 3-4 with a double and a run. Jake Elmore went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 2-4. Chad Rogers threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts. JJ Hoover struck out 2 in a shutout inning of work. Game Notes The game didn’t start...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/24/14

Louisville won 10-2. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 3-4 with a double, walk, RBI and a 3 runs. Felix Perez went 2-5 with an RBI and 2 runs. Neftali Soto went 4-5 with a double, run and 4 RBI. Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a walk, RBI and a run. Rey Navarro went 2-5 with 2 RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 2-4 with a walk and a run. Hernan Iribarren went 2-5 with a double and a run. Jon Moscot...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/20/14

Louisville lost 7-3. Box Score Donald Lutz went 1-3 with a triple, walk and a run. Neftali Soto went 1-4 with a run. Felix Perez went 2-4 with a HR (11) and 3 RBI. Bryan Anderson went 1-2. Tim Crabbe threw 1.2 shutout innings with 2 walks and a strikeout. Nick Christiani threw a perfect inning. Justin Freeman threw a perfect inning with a strikeout. Game Notes The Bats got off...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/19/14

Louisville lost 7-3. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 3-5 with a double, steal (22) and an RBI. Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a run. Neftali Soto went 1-4 with an RBI. Tucker Barnhart went 2-4. Josh Smith went 1-1 with a double and a run at the plate. Fabio Castillo threw 1.2 shutout innings with a strikeout. Curtis Partch was charged with an unearned run in a hitless inning with a walk...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Joel Bender excels from the bullpen

Louisville went into extra innings, but put together a big 11th inning with five runs. After the first two runners reached, Donald Lutz doubled them both in to start the scoring in the inning. He would go 2-5 with a double, triple and four runs batted in on the night. Since coming back from Cincinnati the big German outfielder has been on a tear. It’s been just eight games, but...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/18/14

Louisville won 7-2 in 11 innings. Box Score Jason Bourgeois went 2-6 with a run and 2 RBI. Felix Perez went 1-4 with a run and a walk. Thomas Neal went 1-3 with a walk and a run. Donald Lutz went 2-5 with a double, triple, run and 4 RBI. Neftali Soto went 0-0 with a run and 2 walks. Hernan Iribarren went 1-3 at the plate. He also tossed a hitless inning with a walk. Jon Moscot...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/17/14

Louisville won 5-4 in 12 innings. Box Score Ruben Gotay went 1-4 with a walk and a steal. Felix Perez went 2-6 with a double and a run. Neftali Soto went 1-5 with a walk. Donald Lutz went 2-6 with a double, RBI and a run. Jake Elmore went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Ross Perez went 2-5 with a double, RBI and a run. Brett Marshall went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI at the plate. He...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Game Review – 8/16/14

Louisville lost 8-2. Box Score Neftali Soto went 2-4 with a run. Donald Lutz went 1-4 with a run. Jake Elmore went 0-2 with an RBI and 2 walks. Bryan Anderson went 1-4 with an RBI. Steve Selsky went 1-1 with a double. Rey Navarro went 1-1 and was hit by a pitch. Nick Christiani threw 2 hitless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Justin Freeman was charged with two unearned runs...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
August 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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