Artie Lewicki

Position: RHP
Born: 04/08/92
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 8th round of the 2014 MLB First-Year-Player Draft (DET).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
14-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 25 games between Erie (Double-A) and Toledo (Triple-a), striking out 123 and walking 31 while allowing 135 hits in 141 innings, limiting opposing hitters to .250.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Toledo on September 3 when rosters expanded and DH Victor Martinez went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 09/04/17

Debut Details
September 4, in a 7-6 loss to the Royals. The starting pitcher, he took the loss, allowing five runs on 11 hits over five innings, walking one and striking out one. Of 85 pitches thrown, 62 were for strikes. In the first, he gave up a leadoff single to left by Whit Merrifield. After Lorenzo Cain flew out to center, Melky Cabrera grounded out to second, advancing Merrifield to second. He promptly stole third enabling Eric Hosmer to drive him in on a single to left before Sal Perez flew out to center. In the second, Mike Moustakis led off with a single to left before being erased when Brandon Moss grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. After Alcides Escobar single to left, Alex Gordon struck out swinging to end that threat. In the third, Merrifield once again led things off with a single, this one to right, and Cain singled to right as well, setting up Cabrera's two-run double to center. Hosmer then launched a two-run home run to center. Perez then flew out to center and Moustakis lined out to third before Moss singled to right, but was stranded when Escobar lined out to second. In the fourth, Gordon dropped an infield single to shortstop and, after Merrifield flew out to left, Cain singled to center. Cabrera hit into a force out at second which allowed Gordon to advance to third. After Hosmer drew a walk to load the bases, Perez flew out to left. In the fifth, Moustakis fouled out to the catcher, Moss flew out to center and Escobar grounded out to shortstop for Lewicki's lone 1-2-3 inning and his final inning of the night as he was relieved in the sixth by right-handed reliever Warwick Saupold.

Player Notes
A senior sign out of the University of Virginia, Lewicki moved rapidly through the ranks to no one's real surprise. The New Jersey native had gone 3-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 2016 between Lakeland (High A) and Erie (Double-A) in 15 starts fanning 77 and walking 25 in 79 1/3 innings. Slowed by a strained pectoral muscle, he still led the club in ERA. Lewicki had actually undergone Tommy John surgery before he even signed early in his college career. Armed with a fastball in the middle 90s, a slider, curveball and changeup. he's a smart pitcher who mixes his offerings well, can start or relieve, and a guy with immense value to a staff.