Here’s a look at what the German players have done this past week.
LF Donald Lutz (Cincinnati Reds)
For what it’s worth, Lutz has seen extended playing time as a pinch hitter over the past week. He was subbed into the game five times. He’s 2-5 with 1K over that span, but he delivered a crucial, game tying 2-run single against Milwaukee on Sunday.
Overall he’s still hitting .250/.263/.350.
C Kai Gronauer (Las Vegas 51′s, AAA)
Gronauer hasn’t appeared in a game since May 30th and his MiLB player profile still lists him on the 7-day DL. In other news I ran into a former colleague of mine who plays amateur baseball in the area around Cologne. Since the baseball community in Germany is rather small he told me he was playing a game some time ago and at the same time Gronauer’s former team from Solingen was playing a game at the same site at the same time. So he talked to a few people from Solingen who told him Gronauer spent the offseason in germany working out. He seems to have been told that he need to step up his game, so got himself into quite some shape. Which payed off for him because the Mets sent him to AAA after spring training. Here’s hoping he returns to the 51’s quickly.
OF Max Kepler-Rosicky (Cedar Rapids Kernels, A)
The Kernels started their Class A Midwest League season yesterday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Kepler started the game in left field and went 0-3 with 1K and 1BB which resulted in 1R. Cedar Rapids won the game 3-1 (Recap, Box).
He also retweeted this.
RHP Daniel Thieben (Pulaski Mariners, Advanced Rookie Ball)
Daniel Thieben got his season with the Pulaski Mariners started in a fine way. In the Appalachian League season opener against the Burlington Royals he entered the game in the eleventh inning with the score tied at 1 and tossed two shotout innings of relief, giving up 1H and recording 1K. Pulaski lost in the 13th 1-2 (Box).
No news on Julsan Kamara and Markus Solbach thus far.