Lutz with the New York Mets
|Third baseman / First baseman|
June 3, 1986 |
|April 24, 2012, for the New York Mets|
|September 28, 2013, for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||2|
Zachary "Zach" Craig Lutz (born June 3, 1986) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball and the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Lutz was born on June 3, 1986 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended Governor Mifflin Senior High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania, then Alvernia University in Reading, where his father Yogi was the baseball coach. Zach played third base for the Alvernia Crusaders of the Division III Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (now known as the Colonial States Athletic Conference). He earned preseason All-American honors prior to his 2007 junior year.
In the 2010 baseball season, Lutz played for the Binghamton Mets and Buffalo Bisons, the Mets' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, despite missing around sixty days due to a stress fracture in his left foot. In 61 games for Binghamton, Lutz hit 17 home runs, finishing with a .967 OPS. At the end of the season, Lutz was promoted to Buffalo where he played five games, finishing with one home run while hitting to a .300 batting average. Prior to the 2011 season, the New York Mets placed Lutz on the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
On April 24, 2012, Lutz made his major league debut against the Miami Marlins, striking out in his one at-bat. Lutz got his first major league hit on April 27, 2012, in Denver against the Colorado Rockies. On September 1, 2012, Lutz was recalled by the Mets and then was sent back to Triple-A.
Lutz signed a minor league deal with the Mets on July 16, 2015.
Lutz signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on February 3, 2016. He was released on June 20, 2016.
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