Lucas Lester Luetge was originally signed by Brewers scout Brian Sankey…attended Bellville (TX) 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…in 2006 and 2007, he 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).
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.
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.
Had ﬁve separatestints with Seattle: April 9-14, April 25-May 2, July 10-16, Aug. 8-9 and Sept. 1-end of season... Made 8 ap-pearances in September after only 4appearances in ﬁrst four stints... Held left-handed batters to a .133 average (2x15)…ca-reer .211 (32x152) opponent battingaverage vs. left-handers... Stranded 6 of 8 in-herited runners (75%)…for his careerhas stranded 62 of 81 (76.5%)... Went 3-2 with 3 saves and 3.32 ERA (23 ER, 62.1 IP) in 42 appearances…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 3.98ERA (18 ER, 40.2 IP) in 63 relief appearancesin his rookie season ... Led the team with 12 holds, T4thmostamong AL rookie relief pitchers ... Made 63 relief appearances, 4thmostamongst AL rookies, and T3rdmostin rookie club history ... Stranded 42 of 50 inherited runners(84.0%)...ranked 7th in the AL allowingonly 16% of inherited runners toscore...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 appearancesfacing only one batter ... Allowed first earned run in 26th appearance of the season June 19 at Arizona...set Marinersrecords 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 careerwithout allowing an ER is 2nd-longest in history behind only Brad Ziegler (29 apps w/o ERw/OAK in 2008) ... Did not allow an extra base hit in first 26 appearances, 2nd-longest streak in club historyto open a season...Jeff Nelson had a 30-game streak without an XBH in 2011...was thelongest 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.