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Old 08-06-2010, 09:28 AM   #1
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#9 Zach Lutz, 3B
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Lutz offers a tutorial on how to make one's hits count. Though he collected just seven base knocks for the week, six of them went for extra bases, and five of those cleared the wall. Lutz knocked in 10 runs, and he's been on an absolute tear since returning to Binghamton on July 27, going 13-for-29 (.448) with seven homers, three doubles and 15 RBIs in seven games. Already 24, Lutz is not exactly the second coming of David Wright for the Mets, but he has bat speed, he makes hard contact and he can play an average third base. That's a great return on a fifth-round pick from Division III Alvernia (Pa.) University.

Now if Lutz could only stay healthy. He played in a career-high 109 games last season, but injuries cut short his 2007-08 campaigns and forced him to the sidelines for six weeks this year.
#12 Cesar Puello, RF
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Stop me if you've heard this one before. Puello projects as a five-tool right fielder—but only if his bat develops. Well, develop it has. When Puello and the Sand Gnats hosted Kannapolis on June 7, the teenager had slumped to a .229/.315/.276 batting line. Visions of a demotion to the short-season New York-Penn League must have danced in his head. But in 52 games since then, Puello has taken the Sally League by storm, batting .374/.456/.465 (70-for-187) while smacking 12 doubles and showing an exemplary 18-to-26 walk-to-strikeout ratio and a 26-for-33 (79 percent) showing in stolen bases. How far has he come? Puello now ranks 10th in the SAL in batting (.299) and second in steals (45) and runs scored (79).
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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hey lutz... please be able to play 2nd.

it's really such a fucking tease to have all of these fringe 3b/1b guys who probably can't play 2b, while having to watch fucking luis castillo every day
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The one guy who probably could actually handle second is Wright.

But that ain't happening. Not for Zach Lutz, at least.
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:16 AM   #4
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The one guy who probably could actually handle second is Wright.

But that ain't happening. Not for Zach Lutz, at least.
Didn't you read that other thread? Trade Wright to make room for Lutz!
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:26 AM   #5
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I saw Lutz play 2nd in Brooklyn. Decidedly below average. I'd have way more faith in Murphy there.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:56 AM   #6
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Didn't you read that other thread? Trade Wright to make room for Lutz!
yeah, that's what i said. jesus, you're impossibly dumb
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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The one guy who probably could actually handle second is Wright.

But that ain't happening. Not for Zach Lutz, at least.
Do you think Wilmer can possibly step in at 3rd when he develops?
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:13 PM   #8
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Do you think Wilmer can possibly step in at 3rd when he develops?

I think Wilmer projects to be a 3rd baseman / Corner OF type. Stepping into 3rd shouldn't be a problem for Wilmer. What to do with all these 3rd baseman, is the question.

if Wilmer could play Short or CF, his value goes up but I gather, that's not where people project him to end up.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 PM   #9
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Lutz is why the DH was invented. I can imagine him going to the AL for a good return if a team really likes him.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:57 PM   #10
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yeah, that's what i said. jesus, you're impossibly dumb
1) I am good, but I am not Jesus.
2) What's dumb is not realizing that I wasn't talking about your posts.

(unless you are also NRG or that wegotteamwork2makedreamwork guy)

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Ben Badler: I think he's one of the most improved prospects in baseball. He's made adjustments at the plate and showing a better overall approach to hitting than he did a year ago. The reports I've heard from scouts on his bat have been surprising, given that his hitting has always been Puello's big question mark, but he has shown good plate coverage and he can drive the ball to all fields, even if he's not hitting it over the fence yet, and the speed and arm strength are obviously still there. I don't see him as a Top 100 guy, but he's definitely a breakout candidate.
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