Seth Lugo

Position: RHP
Born: 11/17/1989
Height: 6'4
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 34th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-4 with a 6.55 ERA in 19 games, 13 of them starts, at Las Vegas (Triple-A), striking out 55 and walking 18 in 68.2 IP while giving up 97 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Las Vegas June 30 when LHP Sean Gilmartin was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 7/1/2016

Debut Details
July 1, in a 10-2 win over the Cubs. The last of four pitchers, he came on in relief of Hansel Robles and tossed two innings of two-hit shutout ball, striking out two, committing one balk and hitting one batter. Taking the mound to start the eighth inning, he got the first big-league batter he faced, Matt Szczur, to ground out to second base. The next hitter, Jason Heyward, singled to right field and advanced to second when Lugo balked, before Kris Bryant grounded out to third base and Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging. In the ninth, the leadoff man Willson Contreras grounded out to third before Javier Baez singled to left field and Addison Russell reached when he was hit by a pitch. Lugo pitched out of the jam by striking out Trevor Cahill looking and getting Albert Almora to fly out to left field to end the game.

Player Notes
Brought up from Las Vegas to reinforce the Mets bullpen with some fresh arms due to concerns about Steven Matz’s elbow, Lugo late-breaking curveball is considered to be the best in the organization, and he also has a fastball in the low 90s as part of his arsenal, enabling him to start or relieve. His draft stock dropped after a rough final year in college and then back surgery wiped out all of 2012 so he did not make his pro debut until 2013, and even then pitched sparingly in 12 starts between Brooklyn (Short-Season A) and Savannah (Class A). But he put to rest predictions that the back woes would end his career, coming back for his first full season in 2014 as a reliever before returning to the rotation in 2015, when he made 24 starts between Binghamton (Double-A) and Las Vegas and combining to go 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA, fanning 127 and walking just 35 in 136 innings. Lugo was sent back down a few days later to clear space for OF Juan Lagares when he came off the 15-day DL.