Baseball truly is a universal game, with fans and players coming from all over the world. Nobody represents that better than Donald Lutz, a Cincinnati Reds prospect who is a dual American and German citizen, but lives in Germany. His emergence as a baseball prospect is just another example of top baseball talent being cultivated across the globe.
Lutz is a big (6’4 and 230 pounds) slugging outfielder/first baseman. He was signed by the Reds as a non-drafted amateur free agent in 2007 because of his intriguing potential. He spent his first three professional seasons playing in short season ball, but finally burst on to the prospect scene with his 2011 season with class-A Dayton. In 123 games, he hit .301 with 20 home runs, 75 RBI, and 85 runs scored. More information on his career statistics is available here.
In addition to playing for the Reds, Lutz has also been part of the German National team, debuting with them in 2008. His older brother Sascha is also an accomplished player, who has been his teammate on the National team.
It will be interesting to see how Lutz progresses in the Reds system in 2012. A little room was recently cleared out with the franchise’s trade for Mat Latos, so it is possible for Lutz to make another significant jump this year. In addition to checking out this interview, you can find out more about Donald Lutz by following him on Twitter (@braunerhulk).
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