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, scout.com