Zachary Craig Lutz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- School Alvernia College
- High School Governor Mifflin High School
- Debut April 24, 2012
- Born June 3, 1986 in Reading, PA USA
Lutz played for his father, head coach at Alvernia College. In 2005, he was named a NCAA Division III All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was picked by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Scott Hunter and attempted to begin his pro career that summer. For the 2007 Brooklyn Cyclones, he was 0 for 2 after fracturing the navicular bone on the top of his left foot in the first inning and ending his season. The next year, he hit .333/.442/.514 in 24 games for Brooklyn before another season-ending injury (this time to his leg). He split 2009 between the St. Lucie Mets (.284/.381/.441 in 99 G) and the Binghamton Mets (6 for 29, 5 BB, 2B).
In 2010, Lutz missed time once again with injury. He got into contests for the GCL Mets (6 for 19, 2B, HR, BB), St. Lucie (0 for 4), Binghamton (.289/.389/.578, 17 HR in 61 G) and the Buffalo Bisons (6 for 20, 4 2B, HR, 2 BB), showing good hitting skills when healthy. 2011 was more of the same - two concussions, a rehab stint with St. Lucie (0 for 8, BB) and good hitting for Buffalo (.295/.380/.500, 11 HR in 61 G). He began 2012 back with Buffalo and was at .333/.425/.556 after 19 games. He was called up to the majors when Jason Bay was injured.
In his major league debut, Lutz pinch-hit for Ramon Ramirez with a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 7th, the bases loaded and two away. He struck out against Mike Dunn of the Miami Marlins and did not stay in the game.