Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lucroy is no longer a force at the dish and his once elite framing skills have fallen off in recent seasons. However, due to the state of the catcher inventory, he's still relevant in two-catcher leagues. He signed a one-year, $3.35 million deal with the Angels, and should enter spring training as the favorite to break camp as the primary backstop, ahead of Kevan Smith. A high contact rate drives a batting average that should settle around the MLB average though a low average exit velocity caps it there with limited power. Still, if he is playing four days a week while hitting around .250, he will compile enough runs and RBI to be useful in those deeper formats. He's morphed into the prototypical "won't hurt you" backstop with little chance of more. If your power is adequate elsewhere, Lucroy makes some sense. His lack of walks will be a detriment in points and on-base formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Angels in December of 2018.
Inks deal with Angels
CLos Angeles Angels
December 28, 2018
Lucroy agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Angels on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
Lucroy spent the 2018 campaign with Oakland, slashing .241/.291/.325 with four home runs and 51 RBI over 126 games. He figures to slot in as the starting catcher after the Angels parted ways with Francisco Arcia and traded Martin Maldonado to the Astros midseason. Kevan Smith and Jose Briceno could also battle for playing time behind the dish.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .701 390 43 13 48 2 .237 .308 .393
Since 2016vs Right .749 1089 110 21 124 4 .278 .341 .408
2018vs Left .660 136 14 3 18 0 .236 .294 .366
2018vs Right .598 318 27 1 33 0 .243 .290 .308
2017vs Left .644 120 7 1 12 0 .243 .317 .327
2017vs Right .741 361 38 5 28 1 .272 .355 .386
2016vs Left .796 134 22 9 18 2 .233 .313 .483
2016vs Right .874 410 45 15 63 3 .310 .368 .505
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Since 2016Home .757 730 77 18 88 3 .271 .340 .418
Since 2016Away .717 749 76 16 84 3 .264 .325 .392
2018Home .554 216 14 1 24 0 .220 .264 .290
2018Away .675 238 27 3 27 0 .260 .316 .358
2017Home .742 238 25 2 17 1 .285 .366 .377
2017Away .691 243 20 4 23 0 .245 .325 .366
2016Home .935 276 38 15 47 2 .302 .377 .558
2016Away .776 268 29 9 34 3 .282 .332 .444
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Among players taken in the top 60 on average last spring who stayed mostly healthy all year, Lucroy was the biggest bust. He posted just a .635 OPS during his time with Texas in 2017, down more than 200 points from his 2016 mark, and was ultimately dealt to Colorado at the trade deadline. Lucroy's numbers improved after he joined the Rockies (.310/.429/.437), although he managed just two homers in his 46 games after the move. Indeed the dip in power was the big story of his season on the whole, as Lucroy completely gave up power in the name of contact (10.6 percent strikeout rate), much to the detriment of his fantasy value. The catcher position is almost void of impact talent and Lucroy will remain relevant given his plate skills, but the fluctuation in his home-run totals combined with the rigors and inherent risks of the catcher position leave him with a wide range of outcomes. Bet on a batting-average rebound -- that's about as far as we'll go.
The Brewers sold Lucroy at the trade deadline, and he responded with a brilliant stint for the Rangers. He almost matched his homer total in 338 Milwaukee at-bats (13) during his 152 with Texas (11), and Lucroy quickly erased any doubts following his injury-marred 2015 campaign. The Rangers picked up his option basically hours after the 2016 World Series ended, which will keep him in one of the best run-producing spots of any catcher. The biggest fantasy question, though, is whether the 30-year-old will come close to repeating his career high in home runs. At Rangers Ballpark, he smacked six of them - one for every 12.5 at-bats there. Staying in Arlington bolsters his potential to do that again, to go along with his elite batting average profile (career .284 clip, 85.8 contact percentage). In most draft rooms, Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey will wind up as slightly more expensive options, but Lucroy could be acquired for less and easily outperform them, yielding the best profit of the trio.
Last season was a down year from day one for Lucroy, who suffered a toe injury on a foul tip in April that cost him 38 games and later missed significant time due to a concussion. His full-season numbers look mediocre at .264/.326/.391, but after returning from the toe injury on June 1, Lucroy wasn't far off from the All-Star player he was in 2014. In his final 364 plate appearances, Lucroy hit .282/.342/.420 with 29 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. He's still a rock-solid contact hitter with good power for the catcher position, even if the shine of 2014 has dimmed a bit. Lucroy owned a .297/.359/.472 line over the previous three seasons before his brief dip in early 2015. At 30 years old, Lucroy should still have a couple of peak years left in him, and he's a good bet to return to form in 2016.
Lucroy languished in anonymity for a few years, but he became a household name last season after smashing a league-best 53 doubles and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting. His home run and RBI numbers dipped a bit, but he also hit .300 and finished with the most at-bats among all catchers by playing at first base as well, something he figures to do again in 2015. Lucroy isn’t hiding any longer -- he will be among the first catchers taken in fantasy drafts this spring, and rightfully so.
Though his name doesn’t often come up when discussing the top hitting catchers in the league, Lucroy finished the 2013 season with the ninth best OPS among catchers who saw at least 400 plate appearances, and more impressively, the most RBI. Each of Lucroy’s slash numbers dipped from the previous season, but he played in a career-best 147 games and showed good power with 49 extra-base hits overall. Lucroy figures to bat in the middle third of the Brewers’ order, and his power production could be a bargain for fantasy owners in the mid-to-later rounds.
Lucroy made a big jump at the plate lat season, essentially matching his production from the season before despite playing in 40 fewer games. Lucroy does not take many walks, but he improved both his eye at the plate and his power, striking out just 44 times in 316 at-bats and slugging .513, the third highest rate for any catcher that appeared in 75 games. A full season from Lucroy in 2013 will give him a chance to end the year as a top-10 fantasy catcher.
Lucroy was respectable during his first full season in the majors, hitting .265/.313/.391, though he fell off a bit in the second half of the season. He should start 130-plus games again in 2012 and has the potential to be a bit above average, particularly if he's able recoup the sharp decline in his contact rate (84 percent in 2010 to 77 last season).
Lucroy started 2010 in Double-A Huntsville was pushed to the majors in May after Gregg Zaun went down with a season ending injury. He hit .253/.300/.329 in 75 games for Milwaukee with four home runs. It's doubtful that he'll ever hit for much power, but he's shown good plate discipline in the minors and could approach a .300 batting average during his peak seasons. He'll return as Milwaukee's starting catcher in 2011.
Lucroy saw his prospect status rise in 2009 despite putting up modest numbers at Double-A Huntsville where he hit .264/.377/.409. He saved his season by hitting .337/.426/.565 in 92 August at-bats and then following that up with an impressive Arizona Fall League. The Brewers will give him the chance to make the team as their starting catcher during spring training, which should keep him on every fantasy owner's radar. While he's no frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, he could be better than a number of other catchers if he gets regular playing time.
Lucroy is starting to get noticed after hitting .292/.364/.479 for High-A Brevard County after spending the first half of the season at Low-A West Virginia. He has shown good plate discipline and hit 20 home runs between both levels to become one of the Brewers' better prospects. The Brewers may start him at Double-A Huntsville in 2009 where he'll be one level behind another highly touted catcher in Angel Salome.
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Grabs breather
COakland Athletics
September 26, 2018
Lucroy is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Goes deep Monday against Mariners
COakland Athletics
September 24, 2018
Lucroy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Monday against the Mariners.
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Multi-hit night in win
COakland Athletics
September 23, 2018
Lucroy went 2-for-3 with a double in a win over the Twins on Saturday.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
COakland Athletics
September 20, 2018
Lucroy is out of the lineup against the Angels on Thursday.
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Heads to bench
COakland Athletics
September 13, 2018
Lucroy is not in the lineup Thursday against the Orioles.
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