Good morning, Birdland!
Let’s get excited about Easton Lucas, everyone! He is the newest member of the Orioles organization. You may have heard the team traded away their best player from a year ago, and add the left-handed Lucas in the process.
Lucas was a 2019 draft pick, so he doesn’t have much professional experience to talk about. In 13 games last year spent between Rookie ball and the New York-Penn League, Lucas had a 3.63 ERA and struck out 41 batters in 34.2 innings pitched.
He is said to be the type of hurler that won’t wow you on the speed gun (sits in the upper 80’s/low 90’s with his fastball), but that he knows how to pitch. He is your standard “pitchability” southpaw. The Orioles thought they had that in Josh Rogers too, and yet that has not worked out to this point.
Here’s O’s general manager Mike Elias on his new pitcher:
“We like his stuff. He’s 89-92 [mph] with a fastball that has some hopping life to it. He’s got two distinct breaking balls [with] a slider and curveball that have a chance to be average pitches. I think our pitching program in particular can help him with that. And he’s got a real nice change that plays well to…