Friday, May 18, 2012

Name to Know- Lucas Luetge

I am a baseball junkie and therefore love following players signed to minor league contracts, claimed off waivers, or selected in the Rule 5 draft.  The latter brings me to the subject of today's post- Lucas Luetge.

The 25 year old left-handed reliever has appeared in 15 games for the Seattle Mariners this season and has yet to allow an earned run- 10.1 IP,12 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 1 W, 3 HLD.  He was selected 21st round of the 2008 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and taken from their system when left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft by the M's. 

Luetge had decent numbers through 4 minor league seasons, but had never pitched above Double-A.  In 125 games, he logged 291 innings, striking out 258 batters, with a 3.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.  So, don't expect the scoreless streak to continue for too much longer, but for now Seattle should be pleasantly pleased with themselves for giving this guy an opportunity.  Wikipedia lists his pitching repertoire as a  four-seam and a two-seam fastball that averages about 90 mph, a sweeping slider in the low 80's, a curveball in the mid-upper 70's, and an occasional changeup.  Lefties are only batting .091 off him (2-22).