Joey Lucchesi
Joey Lucchesi
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lucchesi's sophomore season appears to be a carbon copy of his rookie campaign but it was a small step back. His strikeout rate fell from 26.5% to 23% while his walk rate increased from 7.9% to 8.2%. In 2018, Lucchesi posted a 4.08 ERA followed by a similar 4.18 mark last season. However, 2018's xFIP and SIERA were 3.45 and 3.64, respectively, in contrast to 2019's 4.36 and 4.48. By estimators, Lucchesi's 2019 ERA should have been almost a run higher than it was in his debut season. Lucchesi is still experimenting with his repertoire so don't count out a rebound. His staple is a 90-mph sinker. Last season, he cut back on his sinker and curve, adding a changeup that generated a promising 17.6% swinging-strike mark and low .235 BABIP. He has more success on pitches requiring less spin. Once he figures out the right combo, he could take the next step. In the meantime, Petco Park offers a safety net to stream. Read Past Outlooks
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Optioned again
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 22, 2020
Lucchesi was optioned off the Padres' roster Tuesday.
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After being a rotation fixture for the last two seasons, Lucchesi has spent almost the entirety of the 2020 campaign off the big-league roster. He's made just two starts and one relief appearance, allowing five runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings. Matt Strahm returned from a knee injury in a corresponding move.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
41
Last 10 Games
41
Last 5 Games
41
How many pitches does Joey Lucchesi generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Joey Lucchesi generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .238 283 73 25 59 10 0 5
Since 2018vs Right .250 983 235 76 223 46 6 41
2020vs Left .400 11 3 0 4 1 0 0
2020vs Right .500 21 2 2 9 1 0 0
2019vs Left .221 158 37 16 31 6 0 4
2019vs Right .236 528 121 40 113 26 3 19
2018vs Left .245 114 33 9 24 3 0 1
2018vs Right .256 434 112 34 101 19 3 22
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.25 1.22 174.1 13 9 0 9.2 3.5 1.2
Since 2018Away 5.54 1.37 125.0 5 11 0 9.3 2.4 1.7
2020Home 4.50 2.00 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 2.3 0.0
2020Away 16.20 4.20 1.2 0 1 0 16.2 5.4 0.0
2019Home 2.56 1.06 91.1 8 4 0 8.8 3.6 0.8
2019Away 6.22 1.42 72.1 2 6 0 8.6 2.4 1.9
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
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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 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
7.9
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
90.0 mph
 
ERA
7.94
 
WHIP
2.65
 
BABIP
.542
 
GB/FB
1.50
 
Left On Base
66.7%
 
Exit Velocity
77.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2103 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.7%
 
Swinging Strike
12.2%
 
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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.
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Back in big leagues
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 14, 2020
Lucchesi was recalled from San Diego's alternate training site Monday.
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Bounces back to alternate site
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 14, 2020
The Padres optioned Lucchesi to their alternate training site Monday.
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Recalled for doubleheader
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
September 13, 2020
Lucchesi was recalled from the alternate training site for Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants.
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Added to taxi squad
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
August 27, 2020
Lucchesi will travel with the Padres on their upcoming trip to Colorado as part of the team's taxi squad, Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Sent to alternate site
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
August 6, 2020
Lucchesi was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Thursday.
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