3B - R/R – 6’1” 220 lbs – drafted 5th rd 2007– b. 6/3/86
Lutz, who missed the entire 2007 season with an injury suffered on Opening Night, showed power, patience and contact ability in 2008. Scouts loved his swing. One described an MLB caliber bat where even his outs were hit hard. However, injuries struck Lutz again, ending his season early on July 18th. Beginning 2009 as a 22-year old with 74 professional AB in two years trying to make a full-season club is a difficult way to forge a big league career.
Likely ’09 Start: 65/35% Savannah/St. Lucie
3B/LF – R/R – 6’03” 225 lbs – 8th Rd ’08 – b. 4/9/87
The Mets drafted Eric Campbell in the 8th round out of Boston College in June. A natural thirdbaseman, Campbell made his first starts in leftfield in the games I saw. He was athletic enough to handle the position despite looking at times as though he was learning on the fly. A scout from a rival team offered high praise when he complained that he wanted his team to draft Campbell.
Likely ’09 start: A+
1B– L/L – 6’4” 215 lbs – 1st rd ’08 (19th overall) – b. 3/22/87
Ike Davis’ professional debut simply was not what he or the Mets could have hoped for. The Mets paid the former ASU standout $1.57 million to sign and might have expected a smooth transition to professional baseball for former Yankee Ron Davis’ son.
Davis began his Brooklyn tenure with a 15-game hitting streak which concluded with him hitting .292/.288/.385 since he did not draw a single walk in his first two weeks in professional baseball. During July, Davis was lunging after pitches and rolling over those he did make contact with. By August, he calmed down enough to draw more walks (15) than strikeouts (12) in 22 games. However, power never came alongside the patience. Although scouts were impressed by his plus raw power in batting practice, Davis, who was homerless, rarely took it to games.
A fine defender at first and a former college pitcher with more than enough arm for an outfield corner, it won’t matter unless Davis starts to turn his power potential into game production.
Likely ’09 Start: A+