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Lucas Lester Luetge

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[edit] Biographical Information

Lucas Luetge made his major league debut for the Seattle Mariners in 2012 after being selected by them in the Rule 5 Draft.

[edit] Amateur Career

Lucas was 8-3 with a 0.58 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 72 innings as a college senior, winning All-State honors. The Chicago White Sox took him in the 31st round of the 2005 amateur draft but he did not sign. He went on to junior college and had a 11-3, 3.56 record in 2006-2007. The White Sox selected him in the 18th round of the 2006 amateur draft; again, he did not sign. Transferring to Rice, Luetge was 1-0 with a save and a 6.16 ERA in 2008. He fanned 38 in 30 2/3 IP but had the third-worst ERA on the Rice staff. The Milwaukee Brewers took him in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft. The scout was Brian Sankey.

[edit] Minors

Luetge split the summer of 2008 between the Helena Brewers (4-0, 5 H, 13 K in 14 IP) and West Virginia Power (2-1, 3.72). In 2009, he was 6-7 with two saves and a 4.48 ERA for the Brevard County Manatees. The next year, he split action between the Manatees (1-1, 2.29 in 16 G) and Huntsville Stars (3-2, 3.48 in 23 G). In 2011, he was 1-3 with 3 saves and a 3.13 ERA for Huntsville, fanning 69 in 69 innings. He held lefties to a .175 average and no homers in 103 at-bats while whiffing 32 of them. The Seattle Mariners took him in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft even though he had never pitched in AAA. He was the third pick of the draft, following Rhiner Cruz and Terry Doyle.

[edit] Majors

The Texan made his big league debut as a LOOGY. He relieved Félix Hernández in the 7th inning with a 8-4 lead over the Oakland A's but with two men aboard and one out. He struck out Josh Reddick on three pitches then was yanked in favor of Steve Delabar, a bad move as Delabar gave up a 3-run homer to Yoenis Céspedes. On June 8th, he was one of a record-tying 6 pitchers to combine in a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in an interleague game. He came into the game in a difficult situation, after Stephen Pryor had walked the first two batters in the top of the 8th inning with the Mariners nursing a 1-0 lead. Lucas allowed a sacrifice bunt to the only batter he faced, James Loney, putting both runners in scoring position. Brandon League succeeded him and got his team out of the jam while preserving the no-hitter. He picked up his first career save on July 30th, pitching a third of an inning in completing a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays; regular closer Tom Wilhelmsen was by his wife's side, expecting the couple's first child that day.

[edit] Repertoire

Luetge's fastball is in the 80s but he is noted for his curveball.

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