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.
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.