Germans abroad: The week in review (05/10/13-05/16/13)

It’s time to welcome another member to the small group of German players in the USA.

LF Donald Lutz (Cincinnati Reds)
But first it’s Donald Lutz again who continues to impress at the highest level. He’s sitting at a very respectable .280/.280./400 and hit his first homerun in the majors on Sunday against the Brewers which even made headlines in Germany. The article fairly notes that nobody knows how long he will be in the big leagues this season as his stay in the majors has come because of the injuries of everyday players. But in it Lutz says that he wants to give the Reds’ brass a hard time when they decide on whether to send him down or keep him with the big club. What’s also impressive are his low strikeout numbers. He still has only 2Ks in 25 AB. On Tuesday at Miami he didn’t record a hit or a walk, but hit the ball in all of his four AB. While he only has two more starts during this past week he seems to settle into a pinch hitting role nicely (2 AB, 2 H, 2 R).

C Kai Gronauer (Las Vegas 51′s, AAA)
Gronauer had two starts over the past week in which he recorded just one hit with 4 strikeouts. He hitting .294/.333/.412 right now. What’s of note maybe is that he has recorded 1 passed ball and didn’t throw out a base stealer in 4 attempts.

OF Max Kepler-Rosicky (Cedar Rapids Kernels, A)
It seems Kepler’s recovery from his injury is coming along nicely.

Julsan Kamara is the newest member to the German stateside players club. Of course, just as Lutz and Kepler he played at Regensburg and was signed by the Phillies to a 7 year minor league contract. You can read more at MLBTraderumors and Mister Baseball. At 17 he’s still got a long way ahead of him, but it’s nice to see players from over here crossing the pond to try their luck. His signing was also noticed by local media.

Nothing new on Daniel Thieben and Markus Solbach as of yet.


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