The Knockwurst had an up and down year in 2012. He was lights out in Bakersfield, mashing 17 kartoffelpuffers in 61 games, before a foot injury took him down. He was sent to Pensacola after his rehab where he struggled mightily at the plate, and his OPS fell below .800 for the first time since rookie ball. Lutz was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League, where his bat came back to life before a broken finger ultimately ended his season.
Lutz will likely start the year back in Pensacola, and should see a promotion to Louisville at some point in the season. We know he has legit power, but he needs to work on his plate discipline and his defense in left field if he wants to continue to advance.
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TUCKER BARNHART, C, 22
Highest 2012 Level: Double A (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: 44% career caught stealing percentage.
Most Worrisome Fact: .555 OPS in 41 games with Pensacola last year.
Alias(es): Little Tommy; ???
Best Case Scenario: It all depends on the bat. He's got the defensive chops to play in the majors, whether can hit at a high level will determine if he can be an everyday player or not.
SETH MEJIAS-BREAN, 3B, 21 Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (Billings Mustangs) Eye-Poppingest Fact: 8 HRs in 46 games of pro ball Most Worrisome Fact: 2 HRs his ENTIRE college career Alias(es): ?? Best Case Scenario: "Generic cop out answer because I have no idea"
CHAD ROGERS, RHP, 23 Highest 2012 Level: AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos) Eye-Poppingest Fact: 3.83 K/BB in Pensacola, survived a shark attack. Most Worrisome Fact: May be destined for the bullpen if he can't develop a third pitch. Alias(es): Sharkbait; Mister Rogers; Hanging Chad Rogers Best Case Scenario: Back of the rotation starter.
JONATHAN REYNOSO, OF, 20 Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (AZL Reds) Eye-Poppingest Fact: .311 average and 30 stolen bases in 39 attempts in the AZL last season. Most Worrisome Fact: Poor plate discipline, power has not developed yet. Aliases: Rey Misterio; 'tHanny Rey Best Case Scenario: Who the heck knows. He's got a lot of tools, but has failed to use all of them yet.
RYAN WRIGHT, 2B, 23 Highest 2012 Level: High-A (Bakersfield Blaze) Eye-Poppingest Fact: .806 OPS with solid defense in his first two pro seasons. Most Worrisome Fact: Has only shown power in hitter friendly leagues. 17 strikeouts with only 2 walks in Bakersfield. Alias(es): Ryan "If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be" Wright Best Case Scenario: Major League utility guy with the chance to be a starter if things break (W)right.