Full name is Lucas Lester Luetge…Attended Bellville (Tex.) High School, where he was All-State and District MVP in both his junior and senior seasons…was a classmate of NFL wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders....From 2006-07, played at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Tex. (11-3, 3.56 ERA)…followed that with one season at Rice University (1-0, 6.16 ERA).
Went 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA (72.1IP, 67H, 30R/22ER, 15BB, 78K, 6HR) in 57 games (one start) with the Yankees… opponents batted .238 (67-for-281, 6HR); LH .196 (18-for-92, 2HR); RH .259 (49-for-189, 4HR)...Held left-handed batters to a .196/.204/.315 slash line...Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees’ 26-man roster on 3/31...Made his Yankees debut on 4/3 vs. Toronto (1.0IP, 1H, 1ER, 1K, 2WP), his first Major League appearance since 4/25/15 vs. Minnesota with Seattle…according to Elias, the last player (at any position) with as long a gap between Major League games was LHP Mike Kickham from 9/13/14-9/2/20…the last player to be with the Yankees when he snapped as long a period without a Major League appearance was OF Rick Bladt (6/26/69 with Chicago-NL through 7/19/75 with the Yankees) and the last pitcher to do so was RHP Ralph Buxton (9/21/38 with Philadelphia-AL through 7/30/49 with the Yankees)…Tossed a career-high 4.0IP (5H, 2ER, 0BB, 3K) on 4/16 vs. Tampa Bay...Allowed just three HR over his final 53 appearances (4/16-10/2) after allowing a home run in three of his first four outings of the season...Posted a 14.0 scoreless inning streak from 4/16-5/16, the second-longest streak of his career behind a career-long 15.0 scoreless inning stretch from 4/17-6/15/12...Tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and earned the win on 4/23 at Cleveland (1BB, 1K)…was his first win in 2,788 days (last: 9/4/13 at St. Louis with Seattle) - credit: YES Network...Over 23 relief appearances from 4/20-6/25, posted a 0.98 ERA (27.2IP, 3ER) and 28K in that span…prior to this stretch, had allowed at least 1R in each of his first five appearances from 4/3-16 (7ER in 10.1IP)…Allowed just 1BB to 93BF over 20 appearances from 4/26-6/22...Did not allow an earned run in 14 straight appearances from 4/20-6/1…marked the second-longest stretch in his career behind his career-opening 25-game stretch from 4/7-6/15/12...Struck out Brandon Lowe (swinging) in the seventh inning on 5/31 vs. Tampa Bay to collect his 100th career strikeout...On 7/31 at Miami, earned his fourth win of the year after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief (1H, 4K)… recorded a career-high-tying 4K in his second straight appearance, the fourth time in his career and the third time in 2021 (also 4K on 7/28 at Tampa Bay, 4/9/21 at Tampa Bay and 5/21/13 at Los Angeles-AL with Seattle)…also later recorded 4K on 10/2 vs. Tampa Bay...Made his first career start on 8/11 at Kansas City after making his first 152 career appearances as a reliever, allowing 1ER in 2.0IP (2H, 1K, 1WP)…according to Elias, he was just the sixth Yankee in franchise history to start a game after making his first 152 appearances out of the bullpen, joining Mike Stanton (first 552G before his first start on 5/9/99 vs. Seattle), Wandy Peralta (first 242G before his first start on 8/6/21 vs. Seattle), Pat Clements (first 193G before his first start on 10/2/88 at Detroit), Mike Armstrong (first 181G before his first start on 9/1/86 at Oakland) and Brian Bruney (first 157G before his first start on 4/9/08 at Kansas City)…Allowed just 1ER in 11 outings (one start) from 7/9-8/14 (13.0IP, 14H, 4R/1ER, 3BB, 16K, 0HR)…Entered the game on 8/18 vs. Boston with two outs in the ninth inning and retired his only batter faced to earn his third career save…marked his first save since 8/21/12 vs. Cleveland with Seattle…he was the seventh different Yankees pitcher to earn a save in August (also Chad Green-3, Aroldis Chapman-2, Jonathan Loáisiga-2, Wandy Peralta-2, Albert Abreu-1 and Zack Britton-1)…according to Elias, it marked just the fifth time since saves became an official statistic in 1969 that a team had at least seven different pitchers record a save in a month…the Yankees joined the 1973 Braves (seven in June), 1979 Dodgers (seven in September), 2019 Rays (seven in July) and 2020 Rays (nine in August)…Over his final 11 outings from 8/27-10/2, posted a 1.20 ERA (15.0IP, 2ER) with 16K and an .170 opp. BA (9-for-53)…Tossed 2.0 perfect innings of relief on 8/31 at Los Angeles-AL (3K)…marked his fourth perfect relief appearance of at least 2.0IP in 2021…only had two prior such appearances in his career (both in 2013)…Tossed 3.0 innings of relief on 10/2 vs. Tampa Bay (4H, 1ER, 4K), matching his second-longest outing of the year (also 3.0IP on 4/9 at Tampa Bay and a career-high 4.0IP on 4/16 vs. Tampa Bay)…threw a career-high 53 pitches (previous: 52 pitches on 4/16/21 vs. Tampa Bay)…Made the Yankees’ AL Wild Card Game roster, but did not pitch...Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee…posted a 1.74 ERA (10.1IP, 2ER) with 18K in nine spring training relief appearances…ranked second on the team in strikeouts, trailing only Gerrit Cole (24).
Spent the season at Oakland’s Alternate Site (did not pitch in the Majors).
Was signed by Arizona to a minor league contract Feb. 2 after not pitching professionally in 2018…spent the first two months of the season at Double-A Jackson and was 4-1 with a 1.08 ERA in 22 relief appearances when he was moved up to Triple-A Reno June 1…was 5-2 with a save and a 3.14 ERA in 33 outings with the Aces…combined to go 9-3 with a 2.38 ERA and .231 opponents batting average in 55 games overall…struck out 74 batters in 68.0 innings (9.79 strikeouts per nine innings) and walked 21 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.52…yielded just four home runs (0.53 per nine innings)…his nine wins were his most as a professional and his 55 appearances were his most as a minor leaguer…led the Diamondbacks farm system in games pitched and tied for third in wins…his opponents batting average broke down to .215 (20-for-93) against left-handed hitters compared to .240 (37-for-154) against right-handers…allowed a .204 batting average to hitters leading off an inning…opponents hit .256 with runners in scoring position… with Jackson, did not allow a run in 12 games on the road (13.0 ip) or five games during the day (5.0 ip)…tossed at least one innings in 47 of his 55 appearances, including two or more 10 times.
MINORS: Retired the side in order in the eighth inning April 4 at Jacksonville in his first professional outing since June 13, 2017 for Norfolk against Indianapolis (0.2 ip)…did not allow an earned run over his first 10 games (10.1 innings)…then yielded two runs and walked a seasonhigh two batters April 27 against Pensacola…compiled a 1.42 ERA in 12 games in April…then went 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in 10 appearances in May…had a five-game winning streak from May 3 to June 26…had a season-high five strikeouts May 6 against Birmingham (also Aug. 3 vs. Omaha and Aug. 9 at New Orleans)…did not allow a run over his final eight games (8.0 innings) at Double-A from May 13-29…was promoted to Reno June 1 and allowed at least one run in each of his first four games at Triple-A (7.20 ERA)…then had a seven-game, 8.2-inning scoreless streak from June 15-27, during which opponents went 1-for-26 with a walk…tossed a season-high 2.2 scoreless innings June 18 at San Antonio…matched his season-high with two walks June 30 at Las Vegas…allowed four runs on a season-high five hits without retiring a batter July 21 against Fresno…surrendered his first home run of the season in that game, snapping a season-opening 40-game, 46.0-inning, 185-batter homerless streak…yielded a season-high five runs in 0.2 innings Aug. 16 against Sacramento, but only one was earned…then recorded his lone save of the season the next day against the River Cats with a scoreless inning of relief…went 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA and his lone save in 10 games in August…struck out 23 batters in 16.1 innings.
Did not pitch.
Began the season in the Reds organization, going 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA (27.2IP, 14ER) in 20 appearances…was released on 6/1 and signed by Baltimore to a minor league contract on 6/4…in four relief outings with Triple-A Norfolk, was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (4.0IP, 2ER) before being placed on the minor league disabled list in June and missing the remainder of the season.
Spent the season at Class AAA Salt Lake, where he made 48 relief apps and converted 2 saves in 4 opps...was promoted to LAA on 5/22, but 4 days later was designated for assignment without making an appearance for the Angels...on 5/27 was outrighted to Salt Lake and spent the rest of the minor league season there...was a non-roster invitee to LAA's Major League spring training camp.
Made just one appearance for Seattle on 4/25 vs. Minnesota, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings (2BB, 2K)…combined with Triple-A Tacoma and Rookie-level AZL Mariners to go 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA (50.0IP, 29ER) in 30 appearances (one start).
Posted a 5.00 ERA (9.0IP, 5ER) without recording a decision in 12 relief appearances over five stints with Seattle (4/9-14, 4/25-5/2, 7/10-16, 8/8-9 and 9/1-the end of the season)…made eight appearances in September after only four outings over his first four stints at the Major League level…in 42 relief appearances with Triple-A Tacoma, went 3-2 with three saves and a 3.32 ERA (62.1IP, 23ER)…ranked second among Rainiers relievers in appearances and strikeouts (70).
Went 1-3 with a 4.86 ERA (20 ER,37.0 IP) in 35 games over three stints with the Mariners: April 1-10, May 1-26 and July 8-end of season. Held opponents scoreless in 25 of 35 appearances, including a seasonhigh 8.2 innings (7 G), Aug. 24-Sept.9. Faced only 1 batter in 9 of 35 appearances…retired only BF in 6 of those 9 games…ranked 14th in AL with most appearances facing only 1 batter. Limited opponents to a .296 (42x142) average, including .259 (14x54) vs. lefties. Allowed only 2 extra-base hits vs. left-handed opponents (2B, HR)…1 of 5 pitchers to tie for the AL lead, along with teammate Oliver Perez (min. 60 BF). Recorded only win of the season Sept. 4 at Kansas City, retiring all 6 batters faced. Went 0-0 with 1 save and a 4.35 ERA (15 ER, 31.0 IP) in 22 games with AAA Tacoma. Struck out at least 1 batter in 19 of 22 games, including 14 appearances with at least 2 strikeouts.
Went 2-2 with 2 saves and a 3.98 ERA (18 ER, 40.2 IP) in 63 relief appearances in his rookie season ... Led the team with 12 holds, T4thmost among AL rookie relief pitchers ... Made 63 relief appearances, 4thmost amongst AL rookies, and T3rdmost in rookie club history ... Stranded 42 of 50 inherited runners (84.0%)...ranked 7th in the AL allowing only 16% of inherited runners to score...ranked 7th in Mariners single- season history for inherited runners scored percent (min. 30 inherited runners) ... Held left-handed batters to a .193 batting average (16x83) with 12 walks and 26 strikeouts ... Faced only one batter in 23 of 63 appearances...retired only BF in 18 of those 23 appearances... ranked 3rd in club history behind George Sherrill (28 in '06, 25 in '07) for most appearances facing only one batter ... Allowed first earned run in 26th appearance of the season June 19 at Arizona...set Mariners records to start a season (and career) by posting a 0.00 ERA in his first 25 appearances (1 UER in 16.2 IP)...dating back to 1918, streak of 25 consecutive games to start a career without allowing an ER is 2nd-longest in history behind only Brad Ziegler (29 apps w/o ER w/OAK in 2008) ... Did not allow an extra base hit in first 26 appearances, 2nd-longest streak in club history to open a season...Jeff Nelson had a 30-game streak without an XBH in 2011...was the longest streak in Mariners history (by games) to begin a career without allowing an XBH (previous was Rod Scurry with 14 G in 1988) ... Was the 4th pitcher in the 6-pitcher combined no-hitter June 8 vs. LA Dodgers (0.1 IP) ... Recorded first Major League win April 11 at Texas (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K) ... Made Major League debut April 7 at Oakland, striking out Josh Reddick on 3 pitches.
Spent season with AA Huntsville in the Southern League...Went 1-3 with 3 saves and a 3.13 ERA (24 ER, 69.0 IP)...struck out 69 in 46 games (1 GS)...Limited left-handed hitters to a .175 batting average against (18x103), with 0 home runs allowed and 32 strikeouts...Allowed just 5 of 30 inherited runners to score.
Split season between Brevard County and AA Huntsville...combined to go 4-3 with a 2.95 ERA (26 ER, 79.1 IP) in 39 appearances (3 GS)...went 1-1, 2.29 in 16 G/1 GS with Brevard County before being promoted to Double-A on June 7...held left-handed hitters to a .158 batting average (9x57).
Spent entire season with A Brevard County in the Florida State League...went 6-7 with a 4.48 ERA (46 ER, 92.1 IP) in 27 appearances (7 GS)...went 3-3, 3.50 as a starter and 3-4 with 2 saves and a 5.11 ERA in 20 relief appearances.
Made professional debut with rookie-level Helena and West Virginia...named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week July 21.