Jesús G. Luzardo was originally signed by Washington scout Alex Morales…graduated from Stoneman Douglas (FL) High School…went 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA in four starts as a senior in 2016 before undergoing "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery on March 22, 2016…the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Had his season interrupted twice by a strained left shoulder but, after going 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA and .221 opponents batting average in 11 games (nine starts) with three minor league teams, he was selected by Oakland on Sept. 9 after Las Vegas concluded its season…had no decisions, two saves, a 1.50 ERA and .119 opponents batting average in six relief appearances in his Major League debut…struck out 16 batters in 12.0 innings (12.00 per nine innings) and walked just three for a .196 on-base percentage…allowed two doubles and one home run for a .238 slugging percentage…left-handed hitters were 1-for-14 (.071) with no extra base hits, one walk and a .205 OPS…right handed hitters batted .143 (4-for-28) with a .547 OPS…opponents hit .138 with his lone home run with the bases empty, .077 with runners on…they were 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position…allowed a .095 average with two strikes…did not inherit any runners and first batters faced were 1-for-5 (.200) with a walk…made his debut on Sept. 11 at Houston and tossed a season-high 3.0 innings…allowed one run on one hit, a Martin Maldonado solo home run in the sixth inning…did not walk a batter and struck out two…fanned the first batter
he faced, Aledmys Díaz…at the age of 21 years, 346 days, he became the youngest A's pitcher since Brett Anderson on Oct. 1, 2009 (21 years, 242 days)…became the first player born in Peru in ML history…in his second outing, he tossed the final three innings of the A's 6-1 win at Texas on Sept. 15 for his first professional save…at the age of 21 years, 350 days, he became the youngest A's pitcher to save a game since Houston Street on July 8, 2005 (21 years, 340 days)…allowed one run and struck out a season-high four…did not allow a run over his final four games and finished the season with a 7.0-inning scoreless streak…tossed 1.0 inning twice, 2.0 innings twice and 3.0
innings twice…tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief in the AL Wild Card game on Oct. 2 against Tampa Bay (1 h, 2 bb, 4 so)…the appearance came two days after his 22nd birthday, making him the second-youngest pitcher in Oakland postseason history…Rich Harden had two outings in 2003, with the youngest coming at 21 years and 305 days…was rated as the A's number one prospect by Baseball America following the season.
MINORS: Was a non-roster invitee with the A's during the spring and had a 0.93 ERA in four games before he was shut down with a supraspinatus muscle strain…was assigned to Single-A Stockton June 11 and appeared in two games with the Ports and three with Las Vegas before going on the injured list July 4…made one rehab start with the AZL A's Green before he was reinstated from the IL Aug. 10 and sent to Stockton…moved back to Las Vegas Aug. 15…combined to strike out 57 batters in 43.0 minor league innings (11.93 per nine innings)…walked just eight (1.67 per nine innings) for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.13…his opponents batting average broke down to .132 (5-for-38) against left-handed hitters compared to .248 (31-for-125) with all four of his home runs against right-handers…had a .379 OPS against lefties, .675 against righties…all four of the home runs were solo shots…yielded a .132 average with runners in scoring position…
tossed fewer than five innings in nine of his 11 appearances, but logged at least two innings each time…surrendered one run or fewer eight times…had more strikeouts than innings pitched seven times…his only two relief appearances came in his first two outings with Stockton on June 11 against San Jose (3.0 scoreless innings) and June 16 at Modesto (nine strikeouts in 4.0 innings)… was transferred to Las Vegas June 22 and went 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in three starts before going on the IL July 4 with a Grade 2 latissimus dorsi muscle strain…logged a season-low 2.0 innings in his rehab start with the A's Green squad in the Arizona Rookie League on Aug. 5 against the White
Sox…was sent to Stockton for one start on Aug. 10 against Rancho Cucamonga and pitched 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings while striking out seven…returned to Las Vegas Aug. 15 and allowed a season-high five runs on a season-high six hits in 3.1 innings for his only loss that day against Albuquerque…then went 0-0 with a 1.17 ERA over his final three regular season starts…walked a season-high three batters Aug. 25 at Tacoma…struck out a season-high 10 batters and did not issue a walk in a season-high 6.0 innings in his final start on Aug. 30 against Tacoma…also had a season-high 93 pitches and a season-high tying six hits but yielded just one run and had a no decision in a 4-2 loss…also started Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League Conference Championship Series against Sacramento on Sept. 6 and was the winning pitcher in the Aviators 11-4 victory (5.2 ip, 7 h, 1 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 7 so).
Made both his Double-A and Triple-A debut in just his second professional season…pitched for three different clubs in the A's farm system and combined for a 10-5 record and a 2.88 ERA in 23 starts with Single-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville…struck out 129 batters in 109.1 innings, an average of 10.62 per nine innings…walked 30 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.3…surrendered just seven home runs (0.58 per nine innings)…ranked third in the A's farm system in ERA, tied for third in wins and fourth in strikeouts…was named a MILB.com organization All-Star…allowed a .220 opponents batting average, including .213 (69-for-324) against righthanded hitters compared to .250 (20-for-80) against left-handers…surrendered six of his seven home runs to righties…yielded a .208 average with runners in scoring position…began the season at Stockton and was 2-1 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts when he was promoted to Midland on April 23…spent most of the season with the RockHounds, going 7-3 with a 2.29 ERA and .204 opponents batting average in 16 starts…the ERA was the lowest in the Texas League during his time at Double-A (April 23-Aug. 1)…also ranked second in opponents batting average, third in wins and fifth in strikeouts (86)…was named to the TL Midseason and Postseason All-Star teams…was promoted to Nashville Aug. 2 and was 1-1 with a 7.31 ERA in four starts with the Sounds…his teams were 14-9 (.609) in his starting assignments…tossed five innings or fewer in all but one start…allowed one run or fewer 16 times and three hits or fewer 14 times…walked one batter or
fewer 15 times and had more strikeouts than innings pitched 14 times … was named the A's number one prospect by Baseball America following the season…was listed number seven on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects listed and number 14 by mlb.com.
MINORS: Struck out a season-high 10 batters in 5.0 innings in his second start of the season on April 11 against Rancho Cucamonga…also had season highs in walks (3) and pitches (85)…followed that with 5.0 scoreless and hitless innings April 17 at Modesto before being promoted to Midland April 23…made his Double-A debut April 24 at Corpus Christi and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in 5.0 innings in a no decision…went 2-2 with a 4.68 ERA over his first seven starts with the RockHounds through May 31…then allowed one run or fewer in 10 consecutive starts from June 6 to Aug. 6 (includes one start with Nashville)…yielded just four runs total over that span and went 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA and .180 opponents batting average…won each of his final six decisions during that streak…allowed three hits or fewer eight consecutive starts from June 6 to July 19 (19-for-140, .136)…had a 28.0-inning scoreless streak from June 17 to July 25…
tossed a season-high 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts on July 9 at Springfield…it was his only outing longer than five innings…started for the World Team in the All-Star Futures game in Washington, DC on July 15 (2.0 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 2 so)…was promoted to Nashville Aug. 2 and tossed 5.0 scoreless innings for the win in his first start on Aug. 6 against Sacramento, despite allowing a season-high tying eight hits…then went 0-1 with a 10.64 ERA over his final three starts…allowed a seasonhigh eight runs on a season-high tying eight hits in a season-low 3.0 innings in his final start of
the season Aug. 24 at Memphis.