Joey Lucchesi to Make His Padres and MLB Debut Friday vs. Brewers

Credit: AP Photo

Spread the love
Credit: AP Photo

The Padres announced, hours before their Opening Day game against the Brewers on Thursday, that Joey Lucchesi will make his major league debut and start Friday’s game. That spot was originally Dinelson Lamet’s before he went down with an injury.

Dennis Lin brings up a point much on the minds of Padres fans. It looks like the Friars care not about saving a year of Lucchesi’s contract down the road, as they would have had to wait until April 13th to not have this year count against his contract, per service time rules. However, if he is ready and performs well, who cares? He has proven a lot in the minor leagues, holding a 1.99 ERA in 39 career games, 33 of those being starts. The 24 year-old has shot up the farm system and now has reached the major leagues, realizing every prospect’s dream. Now the question will be can he make Padres fans’ dreams come true by becoming a force to be reckoned with?

Lucchesi pitched very well in spring with just a 1.54 ERA in 11 2/3 innings and nine strikeouts. He has earned high praise from his manager Andy Green.

He certainly seemed to have a poise beyond his years. Could this be the start of the next wave of talent? The pitching prospects have seemingly been behind some of the top hitting guys but Lucchesi could be exactly what the Padres need.

Personally, I don’t see this as a “spot start,” especially if he does well. They will make room for him in this rotation, now that his clock has started, if he pitches well enough. If the Padres are hoping to improve from last year and achieve executive Ron Fowler’s goal of being around .500, he will need to.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *