Jesus Luzardo
21-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics AAA
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/16/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The A’s jumped Luzardo over Low-A, assigned him to the Cal League and promoted him to Double-A after just three starts at High-A. It was around that point when he cemented his status as the best left-handed pitching prospect in the game. The foundation for his filthy three-pitch mix is a low-to-mid-90s fastball that he locates to both sides of the plate. Once ahead in the count, he sits hitters down with his plus changeup or above-average curveball. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Luzardo doesn’t cut the figure of a typical ace, but has the combination of stuff, command and pitchability that is typically seen in frontline starters. He logged 109.1 innings in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, and should eclipse 150 innings if he stays relatively healthy. The A’s surprisingly called up Sean Manaea in late April of 2016 with just three starts at Triple-A under his belt, so we could see Luzardo in the big-league rotation pretty early this season. Read Past Outlooks
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Post-All-Star break debut likely
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 24, 2019
Luzardo (shoulder), who recorded five strikeouts and allowed two earned runs on five hits, two walks and a wild pitch over 3.1 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' loss to Sacramento on Saturday, could make his major-league debut immediately after the All-Star break, Martin Gallegos of reports.
Gallegos reports Luzardo hit 99 mph in Saturday's start, an outing in which he worked up to 61 pitches. The left-hander is slated to log five innings and 75-80 pitches in his next start with the Aviators against Fresno on Thursday. He could then reach the 100-pitch threshold manager Bob Melvin previously emphasized Luzardo would need to hit as a requisite for a promotion in his July 2 Triple-A start, leaving him poised for a big-league debut immediately after the All-Star break. Gallegos separately notes Luzardo is also a candidate to eventually fill Frankie Montas' (suspension) spot in the rotation while the right-hander serves out his 80-game ban.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
It's not often that teams part with lefties with advanced pitchability who project to have at least two plus pitches, but that's exactly what the Nationals did in a mid-July trade that netted them Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson while sending Luzardo, Sheldon Neuse and Blake Treinen to Oakland. Luzardo's fastball sits in the mid-90s and he boasts above-average command and a changeup that projects as a second plus offering. He fell to the 94th pick in the 2016 draft after undergoing Tommy John surgery less than two months before the draft. However, prior to the injury, he was seen as a first-round talent. Even if his curveball never becomes better than an average pitch, the package equates to a No. 3 starter. His 2017 production was outstanding, but he was working on strict pitch counts and his overall repertoire was way too advanced for most short-season hitters. Building up his workload and getting more consistent with his secondaries will be his directives for 2018. He could move extremely quickly once the training wheels come off in 2019.
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No timetable for majors
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 19, 2019
Luzardo (shoulder), who'll make his next start for Triple-A Las Vegas, will need to do more than just build up his pitch count before being considered for a promotion to the big leagues, Martin Gallegos of reports. "We want to make sure we get him to 100 pitches. But he's going to have to have results, he can't just go out there and pitch," manager Bob Melvin said. "If the results are there, we will look to try to get him here. I'm not going to put a timetable on it right now."
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Taking rehab to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 16, 2019
Luzardo will make his next rehab start at Triple-A Las Vegas, which is likely to come Saturday, Katie Woo of reports.
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Good form in first rehab appearance
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 11, 2019
Luzardo (shoulder) fired three scoreless innings in High-A Stockton's win over San Jose on Tuesday, allowing two hits and recording two strikeouts.
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Slated to begin rehab stint
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 7, 2019
Luzardo (shoulder) pitched two innings in an extended spring game Thursday and will head to High-A Stockton on Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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Completes simulated game
POakland Athletics  AAA
June 1, 2019
Luzardo (shoulder) completed a 30-pitch simulated game Saturday, Martin Gallegos of reports.
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