Since Donald Lutz earned his promotion to AAA just a few days ago here’s what happened to the German players.
OF/1B Donald Lutz (AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos/AAA Louisville Bats, Reds)
Lutz was promoted to AAA Louisville and made his AAA debut on May 16th vs the Durham Bulls, scoring one run (while getting on base by a HBP). He also appeared the next day, going 0-3 with a walk. It’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts from here on. He was tearing things up at Pensacola (.360/.412/.685), so the promotion to the next level was well earned. His final line for Pensacola was this:
23 G, 97PA, 89 AB, 16 R, 6 HR, 16 RBI, 7 BB, 17 K, .360/.412/.685
C Kai Gronauer (AAA Las Vegas 51′s, Mets)
Gronauer has been idling at Las Vegas. With Centeno (who because of Travis d’Arnaud’s stint on the 7-day concussion DL is with the Mets at the moment) and Teagarden in front of him, he won’t go far. But with Centeno out of the lineup he finally saw some playing time, appearing in three games between May 15th and 18th. He didn’t really make the most of it going 2-13 with 2 K, but both hits were doubles and he collected two RBI. His line for the season so far is rather dull:
9 G, 20 PA, 16 AB, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .125/.263/.513
At least he is having “fun” on the road.
OF/1B Max Kepler (A+ Fort Myers Miracle, Twins)
Kepler hasn’t taken off at Fort Myers. He’s playing the outfield more often than he is at 1B. His defense looks fine (1 error in the outfield, but also one assist from CF), but his bat is lagging a little bit. What is promising though is his K/BB ratio. He is walking a bit leess than he is striking out (15 BB, 17 K), but his OBP is a robust .331. And keep in mind that he’s still younger than most of the players he is playing against.
33 G, 133 PA, 114 AB, 17 R, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 2SB, 1 CS, 15 BB, 17 K, .228/.331/.368
RHP Markus Solbach (INDY Windy City Thunderbolts, Frontier League)
The season finally started for Markus Solbach as well, who pitched his Thunderbolts to a 7-1 win against the Frontier Greys on Sunday. He went 7 strong innings while surrendering only 4 H and 1 ER while walking 1 and striking out 3, giving him his first win of the season. The Bolts are off to a fine start leading the West Division ofn the Frontier League with a record of 3-0.
OF Julsan Kamara (Rookie DSL Phillies, Phillies)
Judging by his MiLB profile Julsan Kamara looks like he’s headed for the Dominican Republic to play in the Dominican Summer League. The league’s season opens on May 31st.