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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Lutz joins D-III MLB fraternity

By Adam Rubin

Newly promoted Zach Lutz played baseball at Alvernia (Pa.) University for his father, Yogi, before the Mets drafted him in the fifth round in 2007.

Now, Lutz has joined exclusive company -- the group of major leaguers from Division III programs.

According to Pat Coleman of, Opening Day rosters included these players from D-III schools:

Catcher Anthony Recker (Alvernia), Athletics
Outfielder Chris Denorfia (Wheaton, Mass.), Padres
Outfielder Chris Heisey (Messiah), Reds
Pitcher Cole Kimball (Centenary), Nationals
Pitcher Joe Nathan (Stony Brook), Rangers
Pitcher Joe Paterson (Linfield), Diamondbacks
Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (UW-Stevens Point), Nationals

In addition to Lutz, Charlie Furbush, (St. Joe, Maine), is now up with the Mariners.

Stony Brook, located on Long Island, was moving from D-III to D-I during Nathan's tenure there.