Jesus Luzardo
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Could fight for rotation spot in 2019
POakland Athletics  AAA
October 5, 2018
Luzardo will be in the mix for a spot in Oakland's starting rotation during spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The top pitching prospect in the Athletics' system, Luzardo spent a majority of the 2018 campaign with Double-A Midland. During 16 starts with the club, he posted a 2.29 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. Luzardo was called up to Triple-A Nashville in early August, and wound up making four starts with the Sounds before the end of the season. The 21-year-old left-hander pairs above-average command with a mid-90s fastball, but will need to further develop his curveball to become a top-line starter in the majors.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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May be shut down for 2018
POakland Athletics  AAA
August 28, 2018
Luzardo was scratched from Wednesday's start for Triple-A Nashville, perhaps due to an innings restriction, Nashville Sounds' broadcaster Jeff Hem reports.
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Solid in Triple-A debut
POakland Athletics  AAA
August 6, 2018
Luzardo (1-0) made his debut with Triple-A Memphis on Monday, firing five scoreless innings in which he allowed eight hits and recorded six strikeouts.
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Moving to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
July 31, 2018
The Athletics will promote Luzardo to Triple-A Nashville ahead of his next scheduled start, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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Impressive scoreless streak at Double-A Midland
POakland Athletics  AAA
July 4, 2018
Luzardo currently has a scoreless streak of 15.1 innings that encompasses his last four starts at Double-A Midland, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
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Shining through nine Double-A starts
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 15, 2018
Luzardo has posted a 3.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 54:11 K:BB across 42.2 innings through nine starts since being promoted to Double-A Midland in late April.
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