The number eight ranked Milwaukee Brewers prospect, Tristen Lutz, has found a great deal of success to this point in the minor leagues.
Lutz is only 18 years old too. The Milwaukee Brewers selected him 34th overall in 2017 and signed him shortly after. It seems as though the recent high school graduate did not miss a beat in his transition to a professional setting.
Recently, Lutz made news be receiving a promotion to Helena. A Rookie level affiliate of the Brewers. In three games since moving up, he has collected multiple hits in all of them. He has been playing well enough to be highlighted by MLB Pipeline as a top performer.
Through 18 professional games across two levels, Lutz is hitting .329 with four homers and 12 extra base hits. He has shown some serious prowess with the bat.
To be an early draft pick straight out of high school is an accomplishment. Clearly, Lutz has a ton talent or he would have been taken lower, if at all. But for him to jump right in from high school and hit over .300 is a truly impressive display.
Heed the warning not to be overly excited about this type of success in Rookie ball. It is not exactly the highest level arms. But it is a start, and a great one at that. Especially being 18, it is encouraging to see his bat thriving the way it is.
As Lutz matures, and as he moves up the ranks, if he can continue this success it will be very promising for the future of the Milwaukee Brewers. With the first selection, Keston Hiura, having the ability to hit this way too, it paints the picture of an offensively healthy future.
Things such as Hiura’s lack of defensive prowess or his potential injury could derail his career. And things can happen to slow Lutz down. It is a long climb to Milwaukee, especially from Helena. But for now, things are looking very good.
The hope is that Lutz will continue this trend of offensive success. He is young, there will still be quite a bit of time before he sees the MLB. However, the way things are going right now is very encouraging.