Joey Lucchesi
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Deception is the name of the game with Lucchesi; the lefty has a funky delivery and arm slot. The 2016 fourth-round pick was a surprise addition to the rotation out of spring training and enjoyed quite a bit of initial success, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 48:15 K:BB over nine starts before a hip strain forced him to the disabled list. It ultimately became clear that the deception could only take Lucchesi so far. Once teams got a better scouting report, the results took a predictable turn for the worse (4.88 ERA, 1.37 WHIP after the break) even as he continued to miss bats at a steady clip. The 7.9% walk rate looks good, but his command is actually lacking in a major way; the emerging stats that attempt to judge a pitcher's intent all point to Lucchesi's command being bad. Right-handers combined for a .339 wOBA against Lucchesi and he had homer trouble at home and on the road. There are better fliers to take in the mid-to-late rounds. Read Past Outlooks
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Falls to 7-7
PSan Diego Padres
August 12, 2019
Lucchesi (7-7) took the loss against the Rays on Monday, giving up three earned runs on five hits over 4.2 innings, striking out six and walking three as the Padres fell 10-4.
The left-hander fell one out short of the five-inning threshold in this contest, as he struggled with his efficiency to the tune of 94 pitches before getting chased and ultimately taking his seventh loss of the season. Lucchesi's ratios this season aren't especially impressive, as he's sporting a 4.25 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, but he has managed to provide decent strikeout numbers, with 125 punchouts over 127 innings. He'll take the mound next on the road against the Phillies on Sunday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .238 236 64 18 50 9 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .242 841 206 67 185 38 5 35
2019vs Left .232 122 31 9 26 6 0 4
2019vs Right .228 407 94 33 84 19 2 13
2018vs Left .245 114 33 9 24 3 0 1
2018vs Right .256 434 112 34 101 19 3 22
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2017Home 3.46 1.22 153.1 11 8 0 9.4 3.3 1.3
Since 2017Away 5.21 1.28 103.2 4 8 0 9.5 2.4 1.6
2019Home 2.91 1.08 74.1 6 3 0 8.7 3.4 0.8
2019Away 6.15 1.37 52.2 1 4 0 9.1 2.4 1.7
2018Home 3.99 1.35 79.0 5 5 0 10.0 3.3 1.7
2018Away 4.24 1.20 51.0 3 4 0 10.1 2.5 1.4
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Joey Lucchesi 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 this season's data (min 70 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.
    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.
90.4 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
Spin Rate
2195 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Solid in no-decision
PSan Diego Padres
August 7, 2019
Lucchesi surrendered two runs on five hits and one walk over 5.1 innings during Wednesday's loss to the Mariners. He had eight strikeouts and did not factor in the decision.
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Saddled with loss
PSan Diego Padres
August 1, 2019
Lucchesi (7-7) was charged with the loss Thursday at Dodger Stadium after surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings.
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Fans eight versus Giants
PSan Diego Padres
July 26, 2019
Lucchesi allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight over six innings Friday. He took a no-decision in the 2-1 loss to the Giants.
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Allows six runs in loss
PSan Diego Padres
July 20, 2019
Lucchesi (7-5) allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
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No-decision versus Braves
PSan Diego Padres
July 13, 2019
Lucchesi didn't factor in the decision Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings versus the Braves.
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