Former Patriot Josh Lueke Traded in Lee Deal

Former Bat Pat Josh Lueke was traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal yesterday.  Lueke was a NJCAA All American pitcher for the Patriots in 2006 and signed with Northern Kentucky University following that year.  He was a 16th round pick in 2007.  Lueke had a career 1.01 ERA for SCC and won 14 games, had 141 K's in 134 innings in 2005-2006.


Josh Lueke, RHP

6-foot-5, 220-pounds - 25-years-old

On the baseball side of things, 2010 has been a big-time breakout for Lueke. He started the year in Single-A Hickory and posted dominant numbers [0.46 ERA, 36 K in 19.2 IP]. He has done more of the same in terms of missing bats in Double-A [3.86 ERA, 26 K in 18.2 IP].

The 25-year-old has always had a good arm, but his stuff took a pretty big step forward this year. His fastball usually sits in the 93-96 mph range [touching the upper-90s at times this year], and his slider may have been the best in the Rangers' system.

The slider a big reason why righties are hitting .195/.262/.234 against him this year with 36 strikeouts in 84 plate appearances. He picked up a new slider this spring, and it's harder [84-85 mph] with sharper, later break than past years. He'll also mix in a splitter from time to time. His command isn't bad but he's not quite a finished product either. He has the stuff to pitch in a big league bullpen, without a doubt.


Provided by:  Jason Cole,

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