Josh Lucas

Position: RHP
Born: 11/05/90
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 21st round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (STL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
8-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 14 saves in 43 games, all relief, at Memphis (Triple-A) with just nine walks and 65 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings, allowing 57 hits for a .257 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Memphis on August 19, when RHP Mike Mayers was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 08/19/17

Debut Details
August 19, in a 6-4 loss to the Pirates. The second of four pitchers on the night, he allowed one run on four hits over two innings, striking out two without allowing a batter. Of 33 pitches thrown, 24 were for strikes. Coming on to start the bottom of the fifth in relief of right-handed starter Michael Wacha, he got Josh Bell to fly out to right before Adam Frazier singled to right, moving to second on a single to center by Sean Rodriguez. But John Jaso struck out swinging and Elias Diaz grounded out back to the mound to end the threat. In the sixth, pinch-hitter Jose Osuna hit a home run to left field and Starling Marte singled to center, stealing second base shortly thereafter, but Josh Harrison grounded out to shortstop, Andrew McCutchen struck out swinging and Bell grounded out to shortstop to end the inning and Lucas' night.

Player Notes
Originally drafted out of the State College of Florida at Manatee-Sarasota, Lucas underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2011, missing all of 2012 and the first part of 2013 before returning to the mound, at which time he shifted from starting to relief. A control artist who has walked just 73, including 11 intentionally, in 321 1/3 innings while striking out 293, he combined to go 4-2 with a 4.03 ERA with 16 saves in 45 games between Springfield (Double-A) and a brief promotion to Memphis, striking out 66 and walking 16 in 60 1/3 innings. In 2015, he'd spent most of the summer at Palm Bach (High A) with a brief bump to Springfield, posting a 1.17 ERA and fanning 46 in 61 2/3 innings, allowing 43 hits and 14 walks for a .202 BAA. That came after his first summer back healty, 2014, when he combined between State College (Short-Season A), Peoria (Class A) and Palm Beach for a 1.70 ERA in 31 games, striking out 50 and walking just 10 in 42 innings while allowing 33 hits.