NL Central Notes: Reds, Cubs's Mark Sheldon spoke with Reds outfielder Donald Lutz, the first German-developed Major League player. Lutz was called up to the majors in late April, hitting .241/.254/.310 in 59 plate appearances while serving mostly as a bench bat. His lone home run during that time, however, was likely seen by thousands of Germans when a clip of it was broadcast during Lutz's appearance this winter on a late night German talk show. "It was the first time something about baseball was streamed out nationwide to the most viewers," the outfielder said. Sheldon says Lutz could position himself for another callup with a strong Spring Training. Here's more from the NL Central:

  • Look for the Reds to be more active on the basepaths under manager Bryan Price,'s Jerry Crasnick writes. Speedster Billy Hamilton should factor heavily into the new strategy, but the Reds also believe 6-3, 220-pound third baseman Todd Frazier could be good for 10 to 15 steals.
  • Crasnick tweets that industry sources say Cubs infielder Javier Baez, ranked the No. 5 prospect in the game by Baseball America, may be looking for a new agent. The infielder changed agents as recently as last year, Crasnick notes. MLBTR's agency database shows Baez is currently represented by KPS Sports.
  • Cubs pitcher Arodys Vizcaino hit 98 on the radar gun during his first live batting practice session this Spring Training, Carrie Muskat of reports. Vizcaino had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and did not pitch at all in 2013, but has ranked as high as No. 40 on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list in the past.

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3 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Reds, Cubs"

1 year 6 months ago

The news about Arodys Vizcaino is cautiously awesome. He could be a lights out closer.

1 year 6 months ago

I hope Baez doesn’t hire Boras, I hope for him to be in a Cubs uniform for a LONG time when he gets called up and since Almora and Bryant are already associated with Boras, it will be difficult to extend them into free agent years if they live up to their hype.

1 year 6 months ago

I was there for Lutz’s shot and boy howdy it was worth the ticket. If Donald shows up in good shape and determined to contribute he’ll find playing time in left where only the fragmented remains of Ryan Ludwick’s career stand in the way.