Joey Lucchesi
Joey Lucchesi
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
New York Mets
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 9/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After throwing nearly 300 innings for the Padres across the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Lucchesi spent the majority of the 2020 campaign at the team's alternate training site. Clearly no longer a rotation staple in San Diego, he was acquired by the Mets in the three-team Joe Musgrove trade, netting the Pirates an extra prospect from New York's farm system. When on the mound, the southpaw has managed a respectable 4.21 ERA across 299.1 career innings. His skills largely back his early-career success, as his FIP, xFIP and SIERA all closely resemble his actual ERA. The primary concern for Lucchesi going forward is his reliance on two pitches -- a fastball and changeup -- which prevents him from going deep into games. When working his third time through an opposition's order, Lucchesi has posted a 7.58 ERA in 48.2 career innings. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#571
ADP
$Traded to the Mets in January of 2021.
Transferred to 60-day IL
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 23, 2021
The Mets moved Lucchesi (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
ANALYSIS
The move is simply a procedural one, as it clears a spot on the 40-man roster with Lucchesi set to miss the remainder of the 2021 campaign due to Tommy John surgery. Lucchesi's season-ending injury came at an unfortunate time for the lefty, as he'd held opponents to one run or fewer in five consecutive outings after a few rough performances in April and May.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
59
Last 10 Games
61
Last 5 Games
68
How many pitches does Joey Lucchesi generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .240 203 49 18 43 9 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .244 672 155 51 148 33 5 23
2021vs Left .276 34 9 2 8 2 0 0
2021vs Right .236 123 32 9 26 6 2 4
2020vs Left .400 11 3 0 4 1 0 0
2020vs Right .500 21 2 2 9 1 0 0
2019vs Left .221 158 37 16 31 6 0 4
2019vs Right .236 528 121 40 113 26 3 19
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-74%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.52 1.10 107.1 9 4 0 8.6 3.6 0.8
Since 2019Away 6.28 1.42 100.1 2 11 0 9.1 2.3 1.6
2021Home 1.50 1.08 12.0 1 0 0 8.3 3.8 0.8
2021Away 5.81 1.22 26.1 0 4 0 10.3 2.1 1.0
2020Home 4.50 2.00 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 2.3 0.0
2020Away 16.20 4.20 1.2 0 1 0 16.2 5.4 0.0
2019Home 2.56 1.06 91.1 8 4 0 8.8 3.6 0.8
2019Away 6.22 1.42 72.1 2 6 0 8.6 2.4 1.9
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Stat Review
How does Joey Lucchesi compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.73
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
91.1 mph
 
ERA
4.46
 
WHIP
1.17
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
1.08
 
Left On Base
63.5%
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2178 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Lucchesi's sophomore season appears to be a carbon copy of his rookie campaign but it was a small step back. His strikeout rate fell from 26.5% to 23% while his walk rate increased from 7.9% to 8.2%. In 2018, Lucchesi posted a 4.08 ERA followed by a similar 4.18 mark last season. However, 2018's xFIP and SIERA were 3.45 and 3.64, respectively, in contrast to 2019's 4.36 and 4.48. By estimators, Lucchesi's 2019 ERA should have been almost a run higher than it was in his debut season. Lucchesi is still experimenting with his repertoire so don't count out a rebound. His staple is a 90-mph sinker. Last season, he cut back on his sinker and curve, adding a changeup that generated a promising 17.6% swinging-strike mark and low .235 BABIP. He has more success on pitches requiring less spin. Once he figures out the right combo, he could take the next step. In the meantime, Petco Park offers a safety net to stream.
Deception is the name of the game with Lucchesi; the lefty has a funky delivery and arm slot. The 2016 fourth-round pick was a surprise addition to the rotation out of spring training and enjoyed quite a bit of initial success, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 48:15 K:BB over nine starts before a hip strain forced him to the disabled list. It ultimately became clear that the deception could only take Lucchesi so far. Once teams got a better scouting report, the results took a predictable turn for the worse (4.88 ERA, 1.37 WHIP after the break) even as he continued to miss bats at a steady clip. The 7.9% walk rate looks good, but his command is actually lacking in a major way; the emerging stats that attempt to judge a pitcher's intent all point to Lucchesi's command being bad. Right-handers combined for a .339 wOBA against Lucchesi and he had homer trouble at home and on the road. There are better fliers to take in the mid-to-late rounds.
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Slated for Tommy John surgery
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 22, 2021
Lucchesi will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his left elbow Monday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Set for second opinion on elbow
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 21, 2021
Manager Luis Rojas said Monday that Lucchesi, who has been diagnosed with a UCL tear in his left elbow, will get a second opinion from doctors in the coming days, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with UCL tear
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 21, 2021
Lucchesi was diagnosed with a significant UCL tear in his left elbow Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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MRI on tap
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 20, 2021
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Lucchesi (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Monday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Placed on injured list
PNew York Mets
Elbow
June 19, 2021
Lucchesi was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Saturday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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