Long Island Ducks Ink Three-Year Ex-MLB Pitcher Josh Lucas

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Long Island Ducks bolster pitching staff with the acquisition of righty reliever Josh Lucas.

The independent Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Josh Lucas for the 2020 campaign, adding their ninth player with Major League experience to their roster. 

The three-year Major League veteran enters his first season with the Ducks and 10th in professional baseball.

“I look forward to playing on Long Island in front of our fans and getting back to baseball,” Lucas aid on LIDucks.com. “There is a lot of experience on the coaching staff that is definitely going to help myself and the rest of the team. I’ve only heard good things about Long Island from the guys I know that have been through there.”

Lucas has towed the rubber in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals (2017), Oakland Athletics (2018) and Baltimore Orioles (2019).

The 29-year-old has appeared in 22 MLB contests (one start), whiffing 37 batters over 37.1 innings of work while recording one save. Lucas had tossed two innings of one-run ball and struck out two in his Major League debut on August 19, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lucas spent most of 2019 with the Norfolk Tides (AAA, Orioles) and Fresno Grizzlies (AAA, Nationals), combining to make 23 appearances (two starts) while recording a pair of saves.

Before that, the Lakeland, Florida, native posted an impressive 2.56 ERA, five saves, and 32 strikeouts over 38.2 innings in 31 appearances while with the Nashville Sounds (AAA, Athletics) in 2018.

The Texas League dubbed Lucas a Mid-Season All-Star in 2016, recording a 4-2 record with a 3.25 ERA and 16 saves in 38 tilts with the Springfield Cardinals (AA, Cardinals) that year.

The six-foot-six-inch righty has registered a 25-21 pro career mark with a 3.53 ERA, 56 saves, 350 strikeouts and 104 walks across 390 frames in 250 affairs (16 starts).

The Cardinals selected Lucas in the 21st round of the 2010 amateur draft out of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

— Jerry Del Priore 



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