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Donald Lutz | First Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 251
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Reds recalled INF/OF Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville.
Lutz is hitting .212 (7-for-33) with four doubles over 18 games this season with the Reds. He'll function as a utility player this September. Sep 2 - 10:32 AM

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Reds optioned INF/OF Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville.

Lutz had been functioning in a utility role for the Reds. He will continue to provide depth at Triple-A and should return in September.
Aug 9 - 2:26 PM

Reds recalled INF/OF Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville.

Lutz will function in a utility role for the Reds while Skip Schumaker is sidelined with a concussion. The 25-year-old has appeared in seven games with the Reds already this season, going 1-for-13 with a pair of walks and a run scored. He can safely be avoided in all fantasy formats.
Jul 11 - 7:10 PM

Reds optioned INF/OF Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville.

The move clears a spot for Joey Votto's return from the disabled list. Lutz went 2-for-13 (.154) with a double over seven games with the Reds.
Jun 10 - 3:19 PM

Reds recalled INF/OF Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville.

Lutz has crushed the ball this year in the minors, batting .337/.400/.654 with seven homers over 28 games between Double- and Triple-A. The 25-year-old figures to see some time at first base while Joey Votto (quad) is out.
May 23 - 2:38 PM

Reds outfield prospect Donald Lutz hit for the cycle as part of a 5-for-6 night that included four runs, two RBI, and 12 total bases.

Lutz is 25 and playing for Double-A Pensacola for part of the third consecutive season, so his .362/.422/.724 season should be taken with a grain of salt. He could still be a productive corner outfielder if the Reds have an injury.
Apr 22 - 11:21 AM

Reds optioned OF Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville.

Lutz had a homer and a triple in Cactus League play, but he's in need of more seasoning. The outfielder hit just .245/.318/.424 at Double-A last season.
Mar 11 - 8:33 PM

Donald Lutz went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs batted in Wednesday against the Indians.

Lutz isn't likely to make the 25-man roster out of spring training, but the Reds didn't mind reaching down to Double-A to call him up last season. If he impresses with his spring performance, as he did last year, he will be on the Reds' speed dial if they are in need of an outfielder.
Feb 26 - 6:35 PM

Reds optioned OF Donald Lutz to Double-A Pensacola.

He's no longer needed with Chris Heisey back from the DL. Lutz batted just .241/.254/.310 over 34 games for the Reds.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 07:21:00 PM

Donald Lutz logged his first career multi-hit game in Saturday's 10-0 demolition of the Phillies.

Lutz went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He's batting .290 with a .419 slugging percentage through 31 at-bats, but Lutz has yet to take a walk. Lutz had 20-plus home runs in two straight minor league seasons and has displayed NL-only upside when given an opportunity, knocking in six runs, jacking a home run and stealing a pair of bases. He'll likely have to wait until 2014, at least, to become fantasy relevant.
Sun, May 19, 2013 04:24:00 AM

Donald Lutz blasted his first major league homer, a three-run shot, in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Lutz's dinger in the second inning clanked off of the foul pole in right field to give the Reds an early lead, a lead they would hold all day. The outfielder now has six hits and five RBI in 19 at-bats in his first stint in the majors. Despite the nice start, Lutz is likely to be optioned when Chris Heisey returns later this week.
Sun, May 12, 2013 04:15:00 PM

Reds purchased the contract of OF Donald Lutz from Double-A Pensacola.

Lutz has 20-plus home runs in two straight minor league seasons, but he's struggled at the Double-A level so far, hitting .211/.294/.513 with five homers in 85 plate appearances. He figures to see semi-regular starts in left field with Chris Heisey on the DL and is probably worth an add in NL-only leagues.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 02:42:00 PM

The Reds will call up Donald Lutz to take Chris Heisey's (hamstring) spot on the roster.

Lutz is batting just .211 at Double-A Pensacola this season, but he's hit five homers and has gone deep 42 times over the previous two seasons. He would figure to see some starts in left field and is probably worth an add in NL-only leagues.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 01:29:00 PM

Donald Lutz hit a three-run homer and also drove in two more with a double in Wednesday's 14-6 win over the Diamondbacks.

Lutz has banged out 20+ homers in two straight minor league seasons for the Reds, but he's played just 40 games above A-ball. The best the 24-year-old can hope for in 2013 is probably a September call-up.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Donald Lutz suffered a broken finger while fielding a ball during an Arizona Fall League game.

The good news is that the break isn't considered too serious, but it will knock him out for the remainder of the AFL schedule. Lutz has played just 40 games above A-ball and isn't particularly close to reaching the majors.
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 09:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
2Jake Elmore
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
4Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Daniel Corcino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Logan Ondrusek
6Pedro Villarreal
7Trevor Bell
8Sean Marshall
9Carlos Contreras
10Ryan Dennick
11JJ Hoover