Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Call up Lutz if Wright goes on DL

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If David Wright is placed on the disabled list the Mets should call up Zach Lutz, with Ike Davis and Jason Bay struggling the Mets are going to miss Wright's bat more then his glove.  Justin Turner, Ronny Cedano and Dan Murphy all could take over at 3B but none of them can fill the void in the middle of the order.

The same could be said of calling up Vinny Rottino, Omar Quintanilla and Josh Satin they can fill-in defensively but not offensively.

Lutz is the one player with the power potential to fill-in for Wright offensively, he's on the 40-man roster and in addition to being a power hitter he bats right handed which would compliment Duda until Bay and/or Davis come around.

Lutz has always been considered a power hitting prospect, what has slowed him is his fragility.  He's currently healthy and hitting in the middle of the Buffalo line-up, I say if Wright goes down call him up and hope he stays healthy.

At 25 y/o and parts of three seasons under his belt in Buffalo, where he was successful when he was on the field, I don't believe he's the type of player who needs to play everyday to continue developing.  From what I've read he is what he is and you ride his bat until he gets hurt. Baseball America ranked him the top power hitting prospect in the Mets farm.  In 2011 he appeared in 61 games with the Bisons while losing time to a concussion, finger injury and a hamstring injury, when he was in the line-up he hit .295/ .380 OBP / .500 Slg/ and .880 OPS.  He had an elbow injury this spring but has played in all six Bison games in which he's hitting .300 with a double and two RBIs.

Ranking Lutz in front of Tovar feels funny. There’s a really good chance Tovar will have a longer MLB career with more plate appearances. However, there’s also a much higher chance that Lutz provides some value now, say in 2012 than Tovar. That counts for something here. The two are kinda the reverse player. The questions around Lutz have to do with everything when he’s not in the batters’ box. Where is he? What’s hurting now? Can he play third base? For Tovar, the questions about his game start and end in the batter’s box. He’s never been injured and he’s a brilliant defender. I certainly don’t think you’d be wrong to flip the two. source Mets Minor league blog

11) Zach Lutz, 3B, Grade C+: A third base version of Duda; lots of power, other skills marginal.source Minor league Ball