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Lutz joins D-III MLB fraternity

4/24/2012

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 D3Sports.com, 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.