Jim Stoeckel, the Reds’ director of global scouting, lives in Vero Beach, Fla., so when he saw Donald Lutz for the first time, one thing came to mind.

“I thought: This guy could play tight end at the University of Florida,” Stoeckel said.

Instead, Lutz is playing his way into the big league picture for the Reds. Lutz, “Big Lutz” as Reds manager Dusty Baker calls him, has been one of the pleasant surprises of spring training.

He is, indeed, big. Lutz is 6-foot-3, 240 pounds – the biggest position player in camp. But he runs well enough to be a major college tight end, as Stoeckel said.

The story of how the Reds acquired Lutz gives you an idea how far the team’s global reach has expanded. The club that infamously pulled out of Latin America under Marge Schott has 11 foreign-born players on the 40-man roster that the club has signed and developed.