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.
Went 3-2 with a 4.12 ERA in 12 games, including nine starts, in his rookie campaign…ranked second among Major League rookies in strikeouts (59) and innings pitched (59.0), tied for fifth in games and tied for ninth in wins and games started…walked just 17 batters in 59.0 innings (2.59 per nine innings) and now has 20 walks in 71.0 career innings (2.54 per nine innings)… walked two batters or fewer in 11 of his 12 appearances in 2020 and 17 of 18 in his career… however, surrendered nine home runs, which tied for fifth most among ML rookies…had a .257 opponents batting average, which broke down to .256 (45-for-176) against right-handed hitters compared to .260 (13-for-50) against left-handers…surrendered eight of his nine home runs and issued 15 of his 17 walks to righties…has allowed nine of his 10 career home runs and has 17 of his 20 walks against righties…six of his nine home runs were solo shots…his opponents average increased to .317 with runners in scoring position, including .421 with RISP and two outs…opponents hit .322 when leading off an inning but he walked just three…has walked just four batters to lead off an inning in his career…went 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA, .215 opponents batting average and .595 OPS in eight games, six starts, at home compared to 0-1 with an 8.15 ERA, .338 opponents average and 1.032 OPS in four games, three starts, on the road…allowed three home runs in 41.1 innings at home, six in 17.2 innings on the road…is now 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in nine career appearances in the Coliseum, 0-1 with a 5.65 ERA in nine games on the road…had a .228 opponents batting average the first time through the lineup, .280 with six of his nine home runs after that… now has a .204 career opponents average the first time through the lineup…has allowed 12 of his 27 runs in the fourth and fifth innings…has a 2.67 ERA over the first three innings of a game and a 6.89 ERA in the fourth and fifth…has a 3.86 ERA from the sixth inning on, which includes his relief appearances…pitched in relief in his first two appearances of the season, made nine consecutive starts from Aug. 4 to Sept. 19 and then pitched in relief in his final outing…was 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA in his nine starts, 0-0 with a 5.59 ERA in three relief appearances…the A’s were 6-3 (.667) in his starting assignments…first batters faced were 2-for-3 (.667) with a double in his three relief appearances…received no run support in three of his starts and had two runs of support or fewer in six of his nine starts…had 22 runs of support in 12 games and 59.0 innings overall…his season run support average of 3.36 was ninth lowest in the majors among pitchers with 50 or more innings pitched…was 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in six games against the American League West compared to 2-1 with a 5.33 ERA in six games against National League West…the six interleague games are the first of his career…is 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 12 career games against the AL.
OAKLAND: Began the season pitching out of the bullpen and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in his first outing on July 25 against Los Angeles (AL)…tossed 3.2 innings in his next relief appearance on July 29 against Colorado…did not allow a run in the sixth or seventh inning before yielding a RBI double to Blackmon in the eighth…that snapped his scoreless streak at a career-high 12.0 innings dating back to Sept. 21, 2019…made his first Major League start Aug. 4 against Texas… tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and two walks, but had a no decision in the A’s 5-1 win…at the age of 22 years and 309 days, he was the youngest Athletic pitcher to start a game since Brett Anderson was 22 years, 243 days on Oct. 2, 2010…recorded his first big league win in his second start, a 7-2 A’s win over Houston on Aug. 9…at the age of 22 years and 314 days, he was the youngest Athletic pitcher to win a game since Anderson in that Oct. 2, 2010 game… allowed a two-run home run to Gurriel in 5.2 innings of work…allowed a career-high six runs on a career-high nine hits in 3.1 innings at San Francisco on Aug. 14 but had a no decision in the A’s 8-7 win in 10 innings…it was the shortest start of his career…struck out a career-high seven batters in 6.1 scoreless innings against Arizona on Aug. 19 for his second win…it was his first of five games with seven strikeouts…was charged with the only two losses of his career in back-to-back starts on Aug. 24 at Texas and Sept. 4 against San Diego…tossed a career-high 100 pitches in a career-high 7.0 innings against Houston Sept. 9…allowed just two runs but had a no decision in the A’s 3-2 win…allowed a career-high three home runs in the first game of the Sept. 14 doubleheader at Seattle…combined with Diekman, Soria and Trivino on a six-hit shutout in the A’s 6-0 win over San Francisco in his final start on Sept. 19 against San Francisco…then pitched in relief of Mike Fiers on Sept. 24 at Los Angeles (NL) to provide rotation flexibility for the postseason…walked three batters in 3.0 innings of relief, which was the first time he issued more than two free passes in a game…did not strike out a batter for the first time in his career…was 0-1 with a 8.22 ERA in two postseason starts…joins Jarrod Parker (2012) and Sonny Gray (2013) as the only rookie pitchers in Athletics history to make two postseason starts…allowed four home runs, which ties the Athletics record for a single postseason (fifth time, last: Dave Stewart, 1989)…started Game 1 of the ALWCS against Chicago on Sept. 29 and was the losing pitcher in the A’s 4-1 loss (3.1 ip, 6 h, 3 r, 3 er, 5 so, 2 hr)…the start came one day before his 23rd birthday, making him eighth youngest pitcher in Athletics history to start a postseason game…was the youngest since Barry Zito started Game 4 of the 2000 ALDS at the age of 22 years, 147 days…then had a no decision in the A’s 9-7 win over Houston in Game 3 of the ALDS on Oct. 7 at Dodger Stadium (4.1 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, 2 bb, 2 so, 2 hr).
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.