Jacob Seth Lugo graduated from Parkway (LA) High School...Lettered in baseball, soccer, football (punter) and track...He was a state finalist in the high-jump (6 feet, 2 inches)...Went to Centenary (LA) College when it was a Division 1 school... Earned Second Team AllSummit League Honors in 2010...Was the only player from the 34th round in the 2011 draft to play in the major leagues...There are 13 players who were drafted lower than Lugo in the 2011 draft that have gone on to play in the major leagues...Went 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA (seven earned runs/15.0 innings) in three starts for Puerto Rico during the 2017 World Baseball Classic...He started the Championship Game vs. the United States...His paternal grandfather was born in Puerto Rico.
Missed the first nine weeks of the season after being placed on the 10-Day Disabled List on April 2 due to right elbow inflammation...After going on a rehabilitation assignment in St. Lucie (A) on May 18, he was transferred to the 60-Day DL on May 26...Went on another rehab assignment on May 27 in Binghamton (AA) and was activated from the 60-Day Disabled List on June 11, when he made his season debut at Atlanta...Tied a franchise record by winning six consecutive road starts from August 25, 2016-June 29, 2017...Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman each did that twice...Seaver did so from September 20, 1968-May 21, 1969 and August 9-September 27, 1969 while Koosman did it from April 11-June 4, 1968 and September 11, 1972-April 29, 1973...Pitched 5.0 or more innings in each of his first 19 starts, the second-longest streak in team history...Matt Harvey began his career with 44 straight starts of at least 5.0 or more innings...Ended the year by matching his career-high scoreless streak, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings over his last three starts from September 19-30...Went 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA (three earned runs/15.0 innings)...In his final 14 games (13 starts), opposing hitters batted .241 (13-54) off his curveball...Also on the 10-Day Disabled List from August 15-27, with a right shoulder impingement...Returned and started the second game of a doubleheader on August 27 against the Nationals...Hit his first career home run with a solo shot in his July 15 start off of Colorado's Chris Rusin in the third inning at Citi Field... Was called on to pinch-hit for the first time in his career on August 9 at Texas...Went 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA (seven earned runs/15.0 innings) in three starts for Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic... He started the Championship Game vs. the United States.
Was with the Mets from June 30-July 2, July 6-August 2 and August 12 through the end of the season...The Mets won each of the last seven games he started (August 25-September 28)...Went 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA (11 earned runs/40.1 innings)...In eight starts after joining the rotation, he went 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA (14 earned runs/47.0 innings)...Earned his first major league win in his second career start in the Mets' 10-6 victory against the Cardinals on August 25 at Busch Stadium...Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits...Became the fourth Mets pitcher with four wins in his first five starts in the majors after his victory on September 11 at Atlanta...The other Mets pitchers with four wins in their first five major league starts were Terry Leach (4-0), Jason Jacome (4-1), and Steven Matz (4-0)...Struck out Miami's Xavier Scruggs swinging at a 1-2 curveball in the sixth inning on August 30...Statcast measured the curveball to Scruggs at 3,498 rpm (revolutions per minute), which was the highest spin on a curveball they have tracked since the system was put into place prior to the 2015 season....According to Statcast, he had 12 of the 13 highest spin curveballs during the 2016 season...Allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts...Made nine relief appearances for the Mets when he was first called up before being moved into the rotation...Went 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA (five earned runs/17.0 innings) as a reliever...Held lefthanders to a .196 (20-102) batting average and righthanders to a .240 (29-121) mark with the Mets...With runners in scoring position, opponents hit .149 (7-47)...Was 3-4 with a 6.50 ERA (53 earned runs/73.1 innings) in 21 games (14 starts) with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.
Spent the majority of the year with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League…Won a spot start for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League at Salt Lake City on August 5…Allowed two earned runs and five hits in five innings…Struck out 12 batters in 6.2 innings at New Orleans on August 23…Went back to Binghamton for a start against Altoona and then rejoined Las Vegas for four more starts from August 18-September 3…Won four straight starts from July 7-July 26… In 25.0 innings, he allowed 14 hits, one earned run, (0.36 ERA) with eight walks and 26 strikeouts…Did not allow a run in two straight starts vs. New Britain on July 7 and at Portland on July 12 (11.0 innings)…Right handed batters hit .245 (58-237) against him at Binghamton.