Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Charles Lucroy (born June 13, 1986) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, and Oakland Athletics. The Brewers selected Lucroy in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft and made his major league debut with them in 2010. In 2014, Lucroy was an MLB All-Star, and won the Fielding Bible Award. He was an All-Star again in 2016.

Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy on August 4, 2016 (1)
Lucroy playing for the Texas Rangers in 2016
Los Angeles Angels – No. 20
Catcher
Born: June 13, 1986 (age 33)
Eustis, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 21, 2010, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through July 7, 2019)
Batting average.275
Home runs107
Runs batted in539
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Lucroy attended Umatilla High School in Umatilla, Florida. At Umatilla High he was a four-year starter and set most school records. He played for Coach Don Semento and his father, Steve Lucroy, was one of the assistant coaches. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for three years, and played college baseball for the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team. Over his career, he set the school record in doubles (54), runs batted in (184), and total bases (414) as well as recording the second most career hits (241) in just three seasons.[1] His individual accolades include being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2005), All-Sun Belt Conference (2005, 2007), Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team (2006), Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll (2006). Lucroy led the Ragin' Cajuns to two NCAA Regional appearances (2005, 2007) in his freshman and junior seasons respectively.[2]

On April 19, 2011, Umatilla High School retired Lucroy's number 6 jersey.[3]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Lucroy in the third round, with the 101st overall selection, of the 2007 MLB draft. He made his professional debut in 2007 with the Rookie league Helena Brewers. He went on to be named a Post-Season All-Star, while also earning Baseball America Rookie All-Star honors. In 2008, he split the season between the Class A West Virginia Power and Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees. He was named a Mid-Season All-Star during his time with West Virginia. Lucroy spent the entire 2009 season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars. For the third season in a row, he earned all-star minor league honors when he was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the Southern League. He began the 2010 season with Huntsville, and was later promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.

Milwaukee Brewers

On May 21, 2010, Lucroy was called up to Milwaukee and made his major league debut that day against the Minnesota Twins in the first ever interleague game at Target Field. He recorded his first major league hit in his first at-bat against Nick Blackburn. He became the team's everyday starter at catcher for the second half of the season, and hit .253 over that time. In 2010, which was Lucroy's rookie season, he only had one passed ball in 655 innings. He was unhappy with his performance at the plate during his first season in the majors, and vowed to improve in that area. Despite his displeasure with his performance, coaches with the team were vocal about the difficulties facing a rookie catcher and commended Lucroy for his performance.[4]

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Lucroy catching for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011

Lucroy missed the first ten games of the 2011 season with a broken right pinky finger. When he returned, he again was the team's everyday starter at catcher, entering his first full season in the majors.

On May 28, 2011, in a game against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park, Lucroy successfully executed a walk-off suicide squeeze, batting in Ryan Braun. He finished the 2011 regular season batting .265 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs.[5]

Prior to the 2012 season, Lucroy and the Brewers agreed to a five-year extension with a club option for a sixth year. The deal guaranteed Lucroy at least $11 million, and could be worth as much as $13 million.[6] In May 2012, Lucroy broke his hand when a suitcase fell on it, and he went onto the disabled list.[7]

On August 30, 2012, Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for the Brewers in their loss to the Chicago Cubs, 12–11, at Wrigley Field. Lucroy turned out to be the first catcher to have two games in a single season with 7 or more RBI since Major League Baseball began officially tracking the RBI statistic in 1920 (he first did it on May 20 against the Minnesota Twins). In addition, Lucroy became the first Brewer to collect a pair of seven-RBI games in team history.[8]

Despite spending a significant amount of time on the disabled list in 2012, Lucroy had something of a breakout season for the Brewers. He became a player capable of getting clutch hits with runners in scoring position, and his power has become more and more noticeable. He hit 12 home runs in 2012, the same number as in 2011, but he did it in over 100 fewer at bats (316). He also managed 58 RBIs, and career averages in the following statistics—batting average of .320, OBP of .368, SLG of .531, and an OPS of .881.

In 2013, Lucroy had a strong season, taking over the three spot in the lineup after Ryan Braun was suspended for steroid use. He also made his major league debut at first base, even though he had never played there before. He played first whenever Wily Peralta pitched, as Martín Maldonado became Peralta's personal catcher. Whenever Lucroy needed a day off, he often played first base instead of sitting out so that his bat could stay in the lineup. He finished the 2013 season strong, batting .280 and having 18 home runs, a career high.

In 2014, Lucroy was selected by the players to participate in the All-Star game. He became the starter for the National League, replacing the injured Yadier Molina. In the game Lucroy recorded two doubles and two RBIs, becoming only the second catcher in MLB history with two doubles in one All-Star game, and the second Brewers player with two hits in one All-Star game.

On September 27, 2014, Lucroy hit his 46th double as a catcher, surpassing Iván Rodríguez's previous high of 45.[9] In the final game of the regular season, Lucroy had a batting average of .299, and needed at least two hits for a chance to finish the season at or over .300. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Lucroy got singles in his last two at-bats, which got his batting average to .301, at which point he was pulled from the game to protect his average.

Lucroy catching a foul ball against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015

Lucroy finished the 2014 season with a .301 average, 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a National League-leading 53 doubles. He also showed a great eye at the plate, walking 66 times while striking out only 71 times. In 2014, runners stole a major-league-leading 72 bases against him.[10] He finished 4th in National League MVP voting.[11]

On April 20, 2015, Lucroy was placed on the disabled list after suffering a broken toe. After a rehab assignment with Brevard County Manatees, He was activated from the disabled list on June 1.

Lucroy appeared in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.[12]

Texas Rangers

On July 30, 2016 the Brewers agreed to trade Lucroy to the Texas Rangers after he invoked his no trade clause against the Cleveland Indians. The Indians were listed among eight teams to which he could not be traded without his approval. The Texas Rangers (to whom he would ultimately be traded) were not one of the teams listed.[13] On August 1, the Brewers traded Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress to the Texas Rangers for Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later,[14] who turned out to be Ryan Cordell.

Colorado Rockies

The Rangers traded Lucroy to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later on July 30, 2017.[15] It was named as minor leaguer Pedro Gonzalez on August 24.[16]

Oakland Athletics

On March 12, 2018, Lucroy signed with the Oakland Athletics for one year and $6.5 million.[17] On April 21, Lucroy caught Sean Manaea's no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, a 3-0 Oakland victory.

On August 22, Lucroy released this statement regarding his time with the Oakland Athletics:

The best quality of this team is not the talent, it's the chemistry. The chemistry in this room is pretty special. When I arrived, along with the other veterans they pulled off the scrap heap, they accepted us. We're all running together. A bunch of rejects in Oakland, all having a good time... It's the business side of the game. You have good years. You have bad years. Things happen. I was meant to come here.[18]

In 2018, he batted .241/.291/.325 with 4 home runs and 51 RBIs in 415 at bats.[10] Runners stole a major-league-leading 72 bases against him.[19] He had the lowest fielding percentage among major league catchers, at .990.[20] He committed 10 errors and had 83 assists at catcher, each the most in the American League.[10]

Los Angeles Angels

On December 29, 2018, Lucroy signed a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.[21]

On July 7, 2019, baserunner Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros collided with Lucroy at home plate, and Lucroy received a concussion and a broken nose as a result of the collision.[22]

International career

2017 World Baseball Classic

Lucroy played for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[23] Team USA won the Classic for the first time, after defeating Puerto Rico.

Personal life

Lucroy was born in Eustis, Florida, and raised in Umatilla, Florida. He has two brothers. One, Matthew, is an EMT and firefighter.[24] The other, David, played college baseball for East Carolina University and was drafted by the Brewers.[25] His cousin Jeremy Lucroy also played baseball for the Ragin' Cajuns.

Lucroy is an evangelical Christian.[26] He is married to Sarah, with whom he has two children, one daughter and one son.[27]

References

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  7. ^ Brown, David. "Jonathan Lucroy breaks hand after suitcase falls during search for sock". sports.yahoo.com. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
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  11. ^ "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw claims NL MVP; Angels outfielder Mike Trout unanimous in AL". MLB.com. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Bauman, Mike (May 24, 2018). "Jonathan Lucroy singles in All-Star Game". MLB.com. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Lucroy Exercises No-Trade Clause, Vetoes Deal To Indians". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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  24. ^ Froberg, Tim (April 11, 2016). "David Lucroy looking to make a name for himself in pro ball". Post-Crescent Media. Retrieved July 8, 2019. The Lucroy’s other son, Matthew, isn’t employed in baseball, but knows a thing or about saves, working as an emergency medical technician/firefighter.
  25. ^ WITN. "David Lucroy gets drafted by brother's organization". Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  26. ^ "Brewers Catcher Lucroy Walks the Talk". Archived from the original on May 5, 2014.
  27. ^ Sanchez, Robert (August 5, 2016). "Jonathan Lucroy talks vetoing Cleveland, leaving Milwaukee and 'getting traded to a winner'". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.

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2006 FCSL season

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2011 National League Championship Series

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The series began on October 9 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. TBS televised all games in the United States with Game 1 starting at 4:05pm EDT. Games 1, 2 and 6 were played at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while the other games were played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. By coincidence, Brian Anderson, who usually called Brewers games on Fox Sports Wisconsin during the regular season, did the play-by-play for the NLCS on TBS, along with Ron Darling and John Smoltz. Anderson filled in for regular TBS lead baseball announcer Ernie Johnson, who was tending to a son in the hospital.This was the Brewers' first-ever appearance in the NLCS, having moved to the National League in 1998. As an American League team, the Brewers made the ALCS in their pennant season of 1982, defeating the California Angels, 3–2. Thus, the Brewers became the first franchise to play in the LCS as a member of each league. The Cardinals, meanwhile, appeared in the NLCS for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. This was a rematch of the 1982 World Series (a.k.a. the "Suds Series", with both cities associated with the brewing industry with Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company, Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and Pabst Brewing Company and St. Louis, whose Anheuser-Busch company is namesake of the Cardinals' ballpark), which the Cardinals won, 4–3.

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