Luke was claimed off waivers from the Reds in October of 2017 after making his major league debut last season, pitching in 10 games between the Royals and Reds ... originally selected by Kansas City in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, he is 25-28 with three saves and a 4.43 ERA (246 ER/500.1 IP) in five minor league seasons... Between the Royals and Reds, had no record and a 5.54 ERA (8 ER/13.0 IP) in 10 games (one start) in 2017... Pitched for three organizations in 2017 ... the Dodgers acquired him from Kansas City for cash, July 28, before he was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, August 9... Graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland in 2009, finishing with an 8-2 record his second year... Earned a communications studies degree from Northwestern University in 2013 ... named Academic All-Big Ten three times (2011-13) ... finished second in the conference in ERA (2.13) and strikeouts (80) in 2013. w Threw a complete game shutout at Wrigley Field vs. Michigan, April 20, 2013... Son of former Red Sox manager, John Farrell ... older brothers, Jeremy (minor league coordinator) and Shane (cross-checker), work in the Cubs organization.
Made his major league debut in his fifth pro season, appearing in 10 games (one start) between the Royals and Reds ... posted a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in nine relief appearances with the Reds from August 23-26 and September 5-October 1... All told, had no record and a 5.54 ERA (8 ER/13.0 IP) in his 10 major league outings ... walked 10, struck out nine and allowed two homers... Made his major league debut with the Royals, July 1 vs. Minnesota, as the 26th player added to the roster for a doubleheader ... started the 11-6 Royals win in the opening game (2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) ... was optioned back to Triple-A Omaha following the twinbill... Designated for assignment, July 24, and was traded to the Dodgers for cash, July 28 ... made one start for Triple-A Oklahoma City before he was claimed off waivers by the Reds, August 9, and optioned to Triple-A Louisville... From August 23-26 was on the Reds roster and made one appearance, tossing 3.0 shutout innings of relief at the Cubs on August 23... Promoted to the Reds for the remainder of the season, September 5... September 23 vs. Boston, threw a scoreless ninth inning as the first major league player to appear in a game against his manager father since Moises Alou of the Cubs faced Felipe's Giants in May and August of 2004... In 22 games (20 starts) at the Triple-A level between the Kansas City, Los Angeles (N.L.) and Cincinnati organizations, was 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA (62 ER/116.2 IP) ... walked 46, struck out 118 and had a 1.31 WHIP
Luke spent a majority of the season with Triple-A Omaha despite missing a month of action (June 1-July 3) due to injury ... his 3.76 ERA (38 ER/91.0 IP) ranked 11th in the Pacific Coast League among pitchers that worked at least 90.0 innings... All told, was 6-3 with a 3.76 ERA in 19 games (14 starts) for Omaha ... walked 40 and struck out 78... Was 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA (9 ER/25.2 IP) in five May games (four starts).
Split the campaign between Single-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, going 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA (42 ER/123.0 IP) in 26 outings (19 starts) ... his ERA ranked fifth among Royals farmhands... Opened the season with Wilmington and was 2-0 with two saves and a 3.03 ERA (10 ER/29.2 IP) in seven games (three starts) before he was promoted to Northwest Arkansas, May 19... Ranked seventh among Texas League pitchers in WHIP (1.26), minimum 90.0 innings pitched, after going 5-3 with a 3.09 ERA (32 ER/93.1 IP) in 10 games (16 starts) ... walked 29 and struck out 65.
Combined to go 2-13 with a 5.34 ERA (71 ER/119.2 IP) in 25 games (21 starts), predominantly with Single-A Lexington ... promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas for two starts at the end of the season ... between the two teams, walked 49 and struck out 113.
Made 10 starts for Rookie League Idaho Falls, going 1-3 with a 6.65 ERA (32 ER/43.1 IP) ... averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, striking out 45 compared to 15 walks.