Brewers: 5 Prospects To Keep An Eye On At Spring Training
Brewers Prospect To Watch At Spring Training: Tristen Lutz
Tristen Lutz finished his 2019 campaign in Zebulon, North Carolina with the Mudcats in Advanced Class A ball. With each year that Lutz has been in the Brewers system, he has climbed the minor league ranks.
He’s a raw player with the ability to be an everyday outfielder in the majors after more polishing of his skills in the Crew’s farm system. Scouts say he could have four average or better tools when he gets to the MLB but needs to sharpen up his hitting mechanics.
It might be a stretch to say that Lutz will ever be a .300 hitter in the majors, but he makes his hay in the power department and more specifically in the extra base hits department. He has a career minor league average of .260 with 89 extra base hits in his last two seasons between the Timber Rattlers and Mudcats.
He does have a bit of a strikeout problem, logging 276 strikeouts the last two seasons, but hitting coaches believe him moving closer to the plate may help him make more consistent contact. In the outfield, he doesn’t have blazing speed, but his strong and accurate arm makes him more than likely to be in right field if and when he reaches the MLB.
I would expect Lutz to start his 2021 season with the Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers as he’s shown enough in A ball to warrant a promotion. MLB.com projects him to arrive in the MLB in 2022, but if he has a strong camp and a strong minor league season, he might be in a position for a call up later in the year.
Don’t be shocked if you see Lutz flexing his muscle in Spring Training, establishing himself as one of the most promising non-roster invitees.