Jesus Luzardo
Jesus Luzardo
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
10-Day IL
Injury Finger
Est. Return 5/31/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Luzardo tested positive for COVID-19 in July and worked out of the bullpen for the A's initially as he built up. He ended up making his first career start Aug. 4 and was up-and-down from there, turning in some clunkers but also flashing brilliance like he did in scoreless starts against Arizona and San Francisco. The lefty throws 95-96 mph with his four-seamer and sinker, and both his changeup and curveball had whiff rates of 45% per Statcast. His season ended in disappointing fashion with Luzardo serving up multiple homers in both postseason appearances (four in 7.2 innings). Luzardo has undergone Tommy John surgery and missed most of 2019 with a rotator cuff strain and subsequent Grade 2 lat strain, so there is considerable injury risk here. The play may be to wait to invest until 2022 since Luzardo still carries a lot of prospect shine and needs a season to build up before he can be a workhorse. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#101
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Athletics in September of 2019.
No bullpens yet
POakland Athletics
Finger
May 15, 2021
Luzardo (finger) has continued playing catch from 60 feet over the last several days but has yet to throw a bullpen session, the Associated Press reports.
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The left-hander has now played catch intermittently over the last seven days, so he should be inching closer to throwing off a mound. Going by the pace of his recovery thus far, Luzardo may have an outside chance of returning before the end of May, with his progress over the next 7-to-10 days likely to be revelatory in that regard.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
82
Last 10 Games
82
Last 5 Games
79
How many pitches does Jesus Luzardo generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Jesus Luzardo generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .236 101 26 10 21 7 0 1
Since 2019vs Right .256 320 79 22 75 12 0 14
2021vs Left .280 32 7 7 7 2 0 0
2021vs Right .292 95 23 5 26 3 0 5
2020vs Left .260 54 14 2 13 5 0 1
2020vs Right .256 194 45 15 45 7 0 8
2019vs Left .071 15 5 1 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .143 31 11 2 4 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-70%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.10 1.16 61.0 4 3 0 9.6 2.8 0.7
Since 2019Away 5.91 1.46 35.0 0 2 2 10.3 2.6 2.6
2021Home 4.82 1.50 18.2 1 2 0 10.1 3.9 1.0
2021Away 7.71 1.82 9.1 0 1 0 8.7 3.9 2.9
2020Home 2.40 1.02 41.1 3 1 0 9.1 2.2 0.7
2020Away 7.98 1.84 14.2 0 1 0 10.4 2.5 3.7
2019Home 0.00 1.00 1.0 0 0 0 18.0 9.0 0.0
2019Away 1.64 0.64 11.0 0 0 2 11.5 1.6 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Jesus Luzardo compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.50
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
5.79
 
WHIP
1.61
 
BABIP
.364
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
63.2%
 
Exit Velocity
80.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.4%
 
Spin Rate
2322 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
Luzardo seemed on track to make the Opening Day rotation before a rotator cuff strain and a subsequent Grade 2 lat strain wiped out much of his season. Including the playoffs, Luzardo logged 63.2 innings, so the top concern with him for 2020 is workload. It is unclear how the A's will manage his role throughout the season, but we shouldn't expect Luzardo to log much more than 100 innings in the big-league rotation. He threw his 83-mph curveball, 96-mph sinker, 87-mph changeup and 97-mph fourseam fastball all between 20 and 31 percent of the time, filling up the zone and effectively keeping hitters off balance. All four pitches have at least plus potential, especially when his command is on. He has the repertoire to improve upon his 42.3 GB% over a larger sample. Durability concerns will linger until the 6-foot southpaw proves he can handle a starter's workload, but Luzardo clearly has ace-level stuff.
The A’s jumped Luzardo over Low-A, assigned him to the Cal League and promoted him to Double-A after just three starts at High-A. It was around that point when he cemented his status as the best left-handed pitching prospect in the game. The foundation for his filthy three-pitch mix is a low-to-mid-90s fastball that he locates to both sides of the plate. Once ahead in the count, he sits hitters down with his plus changeup or above-average curveball. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Luzardo doesn’t cut the figure of a typical ace, but has the combination of stuff, command and pitchability that is typically seen in frontline starters. He logged 109.1 innings in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, and should eclipse 150 innings if he stays relatively healthy. The A’s surprisingly called up Sean Manaea in late April of 2016 with just three starts at Triple-A under his belt, so we could see Luzardo in the big-league rotation pretty early this season.
It's not often that teams part with lefties with advanced pitchability who project to have at least two plus pitches, but that's exactly what the Nationals did in a mid-July trade that netted them Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson while sending Luzardo, Sheldon Neuse and Blake Treinen to Oakland. Luzardo's fastball sits in the mid-90s and he boasts above-average command and a changeup that projects as a second plus offering. He fell to the 94th pick in the 2016 draft after undergoing Tommy John surgery less than two months before the draft. However, prior to the injury, he was seen as a first-round talent. Even if his curveball never becomes better than an average pitch, the package equates to a No. 3 starter. His 2017 production was outstanding, but he was working on strict pitch counts and his overall repertoire was way too advanced for most short-season hitters. Building up his workload and getting more consistent with his secondaries will be his directives for 2018. He could move extremely quickly once the training wheels come off in 2019.
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Plays light catch
POakland Athletics
Finger
May 8, 2021
Luzardo (finger) played light catch from 60 feet Saturday, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Out with fractured finger
POakland Athletics
Finger
May 2, 2021
The Athletics placed Luzardo on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a fractured left pinkie finger.
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Gives up three earned runs
POakland Athletics
May 2, 2021
Luzardo (1-3) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the Orioles after allowing six runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks while fanning one across three innings.
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Charged with loss
POakland Athletics
April 25, 2021
Luzardo (1-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in 6.2 innings to take the loss against the Orioles on Sunday.
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Sharp in first win
POakland Athletics
April 20, 2021
Luzardo (1-1) recorded the win in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins, scattering two hits and a walk over 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out six.
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