Oakland normal supervisor David Forst advised the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday he wouldn’t rule out lefty Jesus Luzardo for the staff’s opening-day beginning rotation.
David Forst says A’s not ruling out Jesus Luzardo for season-opening rotation, including it’ll be primarily based on whether or not he’s prepared, not service time. At this level, there’s definitely room for him.
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Luzardo is the highest left-handed pitching prospect in baseball, in line with MLB Pipeline and began the Futures Sport for the World Workforce.
He’s coming off of a season wherein he struck out 129 batters in 109 1/three innings whereas posting a 2.88 ERA throughout three ranges. He ended the yr at Triple-A Nashville.
The Athletics will doubtless hold an in depth watch on his innings although as he’s three years faraway from Tommy John surgical procedure. The 109 1/three innings had been a profession excessive.
Forst stated the staff won’t take into account service time in selling Luzardo.
Many groups will wait just a few weeks into the season to advertise gamers to allow them to achieve one further yr of staff management.
The A’s have two assured starters of their rotation to start the yr in Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada.
Ace Sean Manaea underwent shoulder surgical procedure on the finish of 2018 and will miss a big portion of the 2019 season.
Different choices for a rotation spot embody Daniel Mengden and Frankie Montas. A.J. Puk, the Athletics’ No. 2 prospect, might additionally consider although he’s coming off of surgical procedure as properly.