Lucas Luetge
Lucas Luetge
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Lucas Luetge in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Orioles in June of 2017.
Joins Arizona on MiLB deal
PArizona Diamondbacks  AA
February 11, 2019
Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Luetge's deal doesn't include an invitation to big-league spring training, so he'll presumably be ticketed for Triple-A Reno to begin his tenure in the Diamondbacks organization. The 31-year-old lefty owns a career 4.35 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 111 appearances at the MLB level but hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2015.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For the second consecutive season, Luetge bounced between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma before making eight of his 12 major-league appearances during a September callup. In 62.1 innings at Tacoma, he posted a 10.1 K/9. Armed with a fastball that only sits in the high-80s/low-90s, Luetge depends on changing speeds with a deceptive slider. When that's working, he can be effective. But too often a lack of control has done him in. The last two seasons, he had a 4.1 BB/9 in 93.1 innings at Triple-A and a 4.1 BB/9 in 46 innings at Seattle. If Joe Beimel doesn't return, Luetge would be in line to be the second lefty in the bullpen behind Charlie Furbush. That was the scenario last season, though, and Luetge couldn't make the roster out of spring training.
Luetge was expected to be a key left-hander in the bullpen last season, but instead bounced between Seattle and Tacoma as his career derailed. After limiting lefties to a .118 BAA in 2012, he regressed to .259 last year. He also allowed 9-of-23 inherited runners to score after just 8-of-50 crossed home plate against him in 2012. While Luetge improved his control somewhat, more is expected than a 3.4 UIBB/9. A 2011 Rule 5 pick, Luetge's best pitch is a sweeping slider. He'll compete for a bullpen spot again in spring training.
A 2011 Rule 5 pick, Luetge was one of the Mariners' better finds last season. The 6-foot-4 southpaw held left-handed batters to a .193 average, quickly working his way into high-leverage situations. It took him 26 outings before he allowed his first earned run, and he stranded 17 of his first 18 inherited runners. Perhaps he tired down the stretch, as his last 10 games produced a 5:5 K:BB and 10 runs, which bloated his ERA. Despite the absence of a big fastball, Luetge generates plenty of swinging strikes by deceptively changing speeds with a sweeping slider that keeps batters off balance. He could stand to improve his control after walking 18 unintentionally in 40.2 innings last season, but he's a valuable member of the bullpen, as his 63 appearances - second on the team - attest. He'll return this season to share the late-inning lefty role with Charlie Furbush.
Luetge profiles as a lefty specialist, but in 69 innings at Double-A Huntsville last season, Luetge posted a 3.13 ERA and 69:23 K:BB. Lefties hit just .175 against him, and he'll get a chance to serve as a specialist in Seattle after the Mariners selected him in the Rule 5 draft from the Brewers in December.
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Inks minor-league deal
PBaltimore Orioles  AA
June 4, 2017
Luetge signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Sunday, David Hall of The Virginian-Pilot reports.
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Cut from minors deal
PFree Agent  AA
June 2, 2017
The Reds released Luetge from his contract with Triple-A Louisville, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Reassigned to minors
PCincinnati Reds  AA
March 28, 2017
Luetge was reassigned to the Reds' minor-league camp Tuesday.
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Second lefty in Reds bullpen?
PCincinnati Reds  AA
March 26, 2017
The Reds are leaning towards keeping a second lefty in their bullpen behind Tony Cingrani, with it coming down to Wandy Peralta or Luetge, reports.
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Agrees to NRI deal with Reds
PCincinnati Reds  AA
December 9, 2016
Luetge signed a minor league contract with the Reds on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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