He learned English in large part thanks to the help of fellow Padres pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore…MacKenzie also helped him develop his curveball…Padres player development staff described their relationship like brothers…the two constantly pushed each other through multiple levels of the Padres system...Baseball is a family game for Luis…his grandfather introduced him to the game at 3 years old… his uncle and father both played in his hometown of Cartagena, but Luis never got to watch them play…he initially split time between pitching and shortstop, but realized his future was in pitching when he was 15 or 16 years old...His parents, Carlos Patiño Jimenez and Zulma Arzuza Rada, are longtime chemistry and biology professors who have taught in universities across Colombia...During the 2020 shutdown, he worked out with fellow Colombian José Quintana…Luis credits José with helping him understand what it takes mentally to pitch in the big leagues...His Twitter handle is @ElElectrico62…the nickname El Electrico (The Electric One) began when he was about 16…a teammate described his arm as “electric,” a teacher used the same word to describe his energy, and it stuck.
Made 11 apps (one start) over three stints with the Padres, his first career major league action...Was on the active roster from Aug 4–Sep 5, Sep 19 and Sep 25 (29th Man)…spent the rest of the summer at the alternate training site at the University of San Diego... Averaged 96.7 mph on his 226 fastballs thrown and reached a maximum velocity of 100.3 mph...On Aug 5 vs. LAD, made his major league debut out of the bullpen and yielded three runs in two IP, all coming on a 3-run homer by Joc Pederson in the 6th inning…got Kiké Hernandez swinging to end the frame for his first career strikeout...Debuted at 20 years, 284 days and was the youngest pitcher to appear in a regular season game in 2020...On Sep 19 vs. SEA, yielded 1 run in 1.2 IP in his first career start…on Sep 25 at SF (G2), pitched a scoreless 7th inning and recorded his first career win after the Padres won in walk-off fashion.
POSTSEASON: Went 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA (2.2-IP, 1-ER) in 3 apps…pitched a scoreless 6th inning in the decisive Game 3 of the Wild Card Series vs. STL…made 2 apps in the NLDS vs. LAD...Was one of four players acquired by the Rays from the Padres on Dec 29 for former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell...Ranked by Baseball America as the No. 23 overall prospect in the minors following the season… was the No. 3 prospect in the Rays system.
Made 20 appearances (19 starts) between Lake Elsinore (A) and Amarillo (AA), going 6-8 with a 2.57 ERA (27 ER, 94.2 IP), 123 SO to 38 BB and a .198 opponent AVG...Allowed 2 earned runs-or-fewer in 17 of his 19 starts, 4 hits-or-fewer in 14 of his 19 starts and struck out at least 6 in 13 of his 19 starts...Selected to the NL roster for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland…entered the game with the score tied and runners at 1st and 3rd with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th and proceeded to strike out the 1st batter on a slider and Twins SS Royce Lewis on a 98.8 mph fastball to end the threat…stayed on to pitch the 8th and set the AL down in order, finishing things off by striking out Angels OF Jo Adell on a 98.2 mph heater…combined with fellow Padres prospects MacKenzie Gore (1.0 IP, 1 BB) and Adrian Morejon (1.0 IP, 2 H) for 3.2 scoreless IP...Tossed a career-high 8.1 innings and matched his career high in SO (9) for the 4th time in 2019 on July 31 at San Jose…allowed just 3 hits and 0 BB in his penultimate start with the Storm and was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week on August 4...Promoted to AMA on August 7 and made 2 starts for the Sod Poodles, allowing 1 earned run across his 2 starts (7.2 IP) before the organization opted to shut him down with a career high 94.2 innings and a lingering blister...Named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star for SD following the season.
Made 17 appearances (all starts) for Fort Wayne (A) at the age of 18, going 6-3 with a 2.16 ERA (20 ER, 83.1 IP), 97 SO against 24 BB and 1 HR allowed...7 of his 20 earned runs came in his 2nd start of the season on May 22 at West Michigan…excluding the career-high 7-run outing, he posted a 1.46 ERA (13 ER, 80.0 IP) across his other 16 starts...Earned Baseball America Low Class A All-Star honors following the season.
Split his 1st professional season between Dominican Summer and AZL Padres (R), going 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA (14 ER, 56.0 IP) across his 9 outings (8 starts).