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Lutz added to Mets 40-Man roster

Date: 12/12/2010

Former Alvernia University baseball standout Zach Lutz has been added to the 40-man roster of the New York Mets.

As a junior at Alvernia, Lutz was drafted by the Mets in the fifth round selection of the 2007 first-year player draft. Lutz spent most of the 2010 season with the Mets' Class AA affiliate in Binghamton, and finished the season playing in the last six games for AAA Buffalo. With the Bison, Lutz went 6-for-20 with four doubles, a homer, and nine RBIs.

He was added to the 40-man roster along with Minor League infielder Jordany Valdespin and pitchers Armando Rodriguez and Josh Stinson in order to be protected during the Rule 5 draft in December. In the major league baseball Rule 5 draft, teams are permitted to select players from other organizations who were either drafted before turning 19 and have played five years professionally, or drafted after 19 and have played four years — unless that player is listed on the 40-man.

The Mets organization clearly sees a future for Lutz, but admits his path to New York is hindered by All-Star third baseman David Wright.

Former Alvernia cather Anthony Recker, a three-time Minor League All-Star, spent most of the 2010 season with the Sacramento River Cats, the Class AAA affiliate of the Oakland A's.  He batted .288 with 18 doubles and 10 homers with the River Cats.

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  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.