Jesus G. Luzardo
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
- High School Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Pitcher Jesus Luzardo was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2016 amateur draft, but did not pitch at all that first season because he had undergone Tommy John surgery in March of that year. A big, hard-throwing lefthander with a mastery of three pitches, he would have been drafted higher were it not for health concerns. He gave up a commitment to attend the University of Miami in order to sign with the Nats. His signing bonus was $1.4 million, over double his slot value, a sure sign that talent-wise, he was considered well above a typical third rounder.
He had just started his professional career, making 3 starts for the GCL Nationals with a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 1.32 in 13 2/3 innings when on July 16, 2017, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics alongside fellow prospect Sheldon Neuse and major league P Blake Treinen in return for to big league relievers, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle. He was considered the #10 prospect in the Nationals organization at the time of the trade and had been drafted just after Neuse, who had been the team's second-round choice in the 2016 draft. After the trade, he pitched for the AZL Athletics and the Vermont Lake Monsters, going a combined 2-1, 1.66 for the three teams, making 11 starts in 12 appearances and logging 43 1/3 innings. His K/W ratio was an outstanding 48/5.
He was named to the World team for the 2018 Futures Game.
He has no relations with 1990s alternative rock band the Jesus Lizard, but he does have a sense of humor as his twitter handle is "Baby_Jesus9". His family is of Venezuelan background, but he was born in Peru, where his family lived for a couple of years before moving to south Florida when he was one year old. In the spring of 2018, just as he was heading to spring training with the A's, he was shaken by the tragic shooting at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, resulting in 17 deaths and many more wounded. One of the victims, the school's athletic director Chris Hixon, was instrumental in helping Luzardo prepare for his professional career. After visiting the site of the tragedy to provide support alongside its most famous alumnus, Anthony Rizzo, he decided to create a scholarship fund in Hixon's name.
- Chelsea Janes: "Nationals third-round draft pick Jesus Luzardo hopes to become first Peruvian-born big-leaguer", The Washington Post, June 20, 2016.