Lucas Luetge
Lucas Luetge pitching for the New York Yankees on April 2021.jpg
Luetge pitching for the New York Yankees on April 2021
New York Yankees – No. 63
Pitcher
Born: (1987-03-24) March 24, 1987 (age 35)
Brenham, Texas
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 7, 2012, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through July 8, 2022)
Win–loss record9–9
Earned run average3.48
Strikeouts181
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Lucas Lester Luetge (/ˈlɪtki/ LIT-kee[1] born March 24, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners.

Career

Early career

Luetge attended Bellville High School in Bellville, Texas, and Rice University, where he played college baseball for the Rice Owls baseball team.

The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Luetge in the 21st round of the 2008 MLB draft. Luetge spent three and a half seasons with the Brewers minor league affiliates, reaching as high as Double-A with the Huntsville Stars in 2011.

Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners selected Luetge from the Brewers on December 8, 2011 in the Rule 5 Draft.[2]

Luetge pitches for the Mariners in 2012
Luetge pitches for the Mariners in 2012

On April 7, 2012, Luetge made his MLB debut. On June 8, 2012, he was one of 6 pitchers that the Mariners used to no-hit the Dodgers. He recorded one out, getting James Loney on a sacrifice bunt. Luetge was the fourth pitcher to throw in the no-hitter after Kevin Millwood and Stephen Pryor was taken out of the game. In his rookie season, Luetge registered a 3.98 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work.[3] The next year, Luetge pitched to a 4.86 ERA in 35 appearances, along with only 27 strikeouts in 37.0 innings pitched, while splitting time between Seattle and the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.[4] Luetge spent 2014 up and down between Tacoma and Seattle as well, recording a 5.00 ERA with 7 strikeouts in 9.0 innings pitched for the big league club.[5]

Lucas Luetge with the Mariners in 2013
Lucas Luetge with the Mariners in 2013

On On September 5, 2015, Luetge was outrighted off of the Mariners 40-man roster. At the time, he had only thrown 2.1 innings of scoreless ball on the year, spending the majority of the season in Triple-A.[6] On November 7, 2015, Luetge elected free agency.

Los Angeles Angels

On November 17, 2015, Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels organization.[7] On May 22, 2016, Luetge was selected to the Angels' active roster, however he was designated for assignment on May 25 without making an appearance for the big league club.[8] On May 27, he was outrighted to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, where he spent the remainder of the season.[9] On October 3, 2016, Luetge elected free agency.

Cincinnati Reds

On November 25, 2016, Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds organization.[10] Luetge was assigned to the Triple-A Louisville Bats.[11] On June 1, 2017, the Reds released Luetge.[12][13]

Baltimore Orioles

On June 4, 2017, Luetge signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles organization. [14] He finished the season with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides and elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Arizona Diamondbacks

On February 4, 2019, Luetge signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[15] In 2019 his 55 games pitched tied for the lead in the minor leagues.[16] After splitting the season with the Double-A Jackson Generals and Triple-A Reno Aces, Luetge elected free agency on November 7, 2019.

Oakland Athletics

Luetge signed a minor league contract, with an invite to major league spring training, with the Oakland Athletics on November 25, 2019.[17] Luetge did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was added to the Athletics' 60-man player pool for the season, but spent the entire year at the alternate site.[18] He became a free agent on November 2, 2020.

New York Yankees

Luetge pitching for the New York Yankees in April 2021
Luetge pitching for the New York Yankees in April 2021

Luetge signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees for the 2021 season, receiving a non-roster invitation to spring training.[19] After a strong spring training in which he accrued 18 strikeouts in 10+13 innings pitched, Luetge was selected to the Yankees' Opening Day roster on March 31.[20] On April 3, 2021, in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Luetge appeared in his first major league game since April 25, 2015.[21] He finished the season with a 2.74 ERA in 72+13 innings across 57 appearances.[22]

Luetge made the Yankees bullpen for the 2022 season.[23]

Scouting report

Luetge throws a variety of pitches. He has a four-seam and two-seam fastball that average about 90 mph, a sweeping slider in the low 80s, a curveball in the mid-upper 70s, and an occasional changeup.[24] Luetge's wide arm angle on his delivery makes him appealing as a left-handed specialist; through his first 13 appearances in the 2012 season, lefties were hitting only .105 off of him, but righties managed a .308 average.[25]

See also

References

  1. ^ Mitsoff, Tom (March 25, 2017). "Will Lucas Luetge be the LOOGY?". Redleg Nation.
  2. ^ "Zduriencik adds familiar name in Rule 5". Seattle Mariners. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  3. ^ ORTIZ, JOSE DE JESUS (February 21, 2013). "Mariners pitcher Lucas Luetge is 'cool, calm, collected'". seattlepi.com.
  4. ^ "Kipnis' 10th-inning homer beats Mariners | The Spokesman-Review". www.spokesman.com.
  5. ^ "Luetge Talks Big-League Lifestyle, His Love For 'The Office'". May 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Mariners Outright Lucas Luetge". MLB Trade Rumors.
  7. ^ Register, Jeff Fletcher | Orange County (November 18, 2015). "Angels sign LHP Lucas Luetge to minor league deal".
  8. ^ "Angels Designate Lucas Luetge, Recall Kaleb Cowart". MLB Trade Rumors.
  9. ^ "Minor MLB Transactions: 5/27/16". MLB Trade Rumors.
  10. ^ Eddy, Matt (December 5, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov. 19-Dec. 1". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "Impressive Luetge could be a part of bullpen". MLB.com.
  12. ^ "Minor MLB Transactions: 6/2/17". MLB Trade Rumors.
  13. ^ "Lucas Luetge Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com.
  14. ^ Connor Byrne (June 5, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 6/4/17". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Reno Aces on Twitter".
  16. ^ "2019 Register Pitching Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. January 1, 1970. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "A's ink Campbell, Goins, 7 more to Minors deals". MLB.com. November 25, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  18. ^ "A's Announce Initial 60-Man Player Pool". MLB Trade Rumors.
  19. ^ NJ.com, Brendan Kuty | NJ Advance Media for (February 17, 2021). "Yankees' top prospect Austin Wells, veteran Derek Dietrich headline spring training non-roster invitees | See full list". nj.
  20. ^ "Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Lucas Luetge will get final bullpen spot". Newsday. March 31, 2021.
  21. ^ Parlee, William (April 4, 2021). "New York Yankees Player Profiles: Lucas Luetge, the long road back (video)". Empire Sports Media.
  22. ^ "How Yankees' Lucas Luetge Completed His Baseball Odyssey with a Resurgence in Pinstripes".
  23. ^ "Yankees latest cuts include a surprise | Who's gone, who's left". April 3, 2022.
  24. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Lucas Luetge". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  25. ^ "Lucas Luetge Career Pitching Splits - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
Achievements Preceded byJohan Santana No-hit game June 8, 2012 (with Millwood, Furbush, Pryor, League, & Wilhelmsen) Succeeded byMatt Cain