Outside the box is a daily article that is simple, fresh, and innovative. Here, we will be walking throw away pitchers to the pedestal for a quick examination of their skills.
On The Pedestal: Joey Lucchesi
Current ADP: 556
Brief Examination: Lucchesi only appeared in three games last season pitching to the tune of a 7.94 ERA. If you look at the seasons prior in 2018 and 2019 he posted a 4.14 ERA, 4.24 FIP, and 24.6 K%. Nothing special but certainly above average. It’s interesting that the Padres gave up on him so quickly but with the move to the Mets, he will have a rotation spot until Noah Syndergaard comes back from injury.
Lucchesi is known for his “churve” a pitch that is classified as a changeup and a curveball at the same time. It’s a hybrid of two pitches and it performs extremely well. In his career, this churve averaged a 17.7 SwStr%, .144 ISO, and 68 wRC+ against.
Interesting Stat: In 2019 Lucchesi had the most swing and misses below the zone with his churve compared to all other starting pitchers.
Role: If Joey Lucchesi’s sinker can show up he could provide above-average numbers and is another pitcher who could be worth taking a shot on late in drafts. While projections call for 15/18 starts I could see more with the fragile Mets rotation.