Jonathan Lucroy

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Jonathan Lucroy
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Lucroy playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 20
Catcher
Born: (1986-06-13) June 13, 1986 (age 27)
Eustis, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 21, 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
(through April 5, 2014)
Batting average .280
Home runs 47
Runs batted in 226
Teams

Jonathan Charles Lucroy (born June 13, 1986) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers.

High school and college

Lucroy attended Umatilla High School in Umatilla, Florida. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for three years, and became one of the most successful players in Ragin' Cajuns history. Over his career, he set the school record in doubles (54), runs batted in (184), and total bases (414) as well as recording the second most career hits (241) in just three seasons.1 His individual accolades include being named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2005), All-Sun Belt Conference (2005, 2007), Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team (2006), Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll (2006). Lucroy led the Ragin Cajuns to two NCAA Regional appearances (2005, 2007) in his freshman and junior seasons respectively.2

On April 19, 2011, Umatilla High School retired Lucroy's number 6 jersey.3

Career

Draft and minor leagues

Lucroy was drafted by Milwaukee in the 3rd round of the 2007 amateur entry draft, 101st overall. He made his professional debut in 2007 with the Rookie league Helena Brewers. He went on to be named a Post-Season All-Star, while also earning Baseball America Rookie All-Star honors. In 2008, he split the season between the Class A West Virginia Power and Class A-Advanced Brevard County Manatees. He was named a Mid-Season All-Star during his time with West Virginia. Lucroy spent the entire 2009 season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars. For the third season in a row, he earned all-star minor league honors when he was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the Southern League. He began the 2010 season with Huntsville, and was later promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds.

Call-up and major leagues

Lucroy catching in 2011

On May 21, 2010, Lucroy was called up to Milwaukee and made his major league debut that same day against the Minnesota Twins in the first ever interleague game at Target Field. He recorded his first major league hit in his first at-bat against Nick Blackburn. He became the team's everyday starter at catcher for the second half of the season, and hit .253 over that time. In 2010, which was Lucroy's rookie season, he only had one passed ball in 655 innings. He was unhappy with his performance at the plate during his first season in the majors, and vowed to improve in that area. Despite his displeasure with his performance, coaches with the team were vocal about the difficulties facing a rookie catcher and commended Lucroy for his performance.4

Lucroy missed the first ten games of the 2011 season with a broken right pinky finger. When he returned, he again was the team's everyday starter at catcher, entering his first full season in the majors.

On May 28, 2011, in a game against the San Francisco Giants at Miller Park, Lucroy successfully executed a walk-off suicide squeeze, batting in Ryan Braun. He finished the 2011 regular season batting .265 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs.5

Prior to the 2012 season, Lucroy and the Brewers agreed to a five-year extension with a club option for a sixth year. The deal guarantees Lucroy at least $11 million, and can be worth as much as $13 million.6 In May 2012, Lucroy broke his hand when a suitcase fell on it, and he went onto the disabled list.7

Despite spending a significant amount of time on the DL in 2012, Lucroy managed to have something of a breakout season for the Brewers. He became a player capable of getting clutch hits with runners in scoring position, and his power has become more and more noticeable. He hit 12 home runs in 2012, the same number as in 2011, but he did it in over 100 fewer at bats (316). He also managed 58 RBIs, and career averages in the following statistics—batting average of .320, OBP of .368, SLG of .531, and an OPS of .881.

His breakout season was made even more impressive by the increased defensive presence behind the plate. He has long been known as a capable-to-above-average defending catcher, but his 2012 season proved that he is one of the best defensive catchers in the game.

Highlights

On August 30, 2012, Lucroy hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for the Brewers in their loss to the Chicago Cubs, 12–11, at Wrigley Field. Lucroy turned out to be the first catcher to have two games in a single season with 7 or more RBI since Major League Baseball began officially tracking the RBI statistic in 1920 (he first did it on May 20 against the Minnesota Twins). In addition, Lucroy became the first Brewer to collect a pair of seven-RBI games in team history.8

Personal

Lucroy was born in Eustis, Florida, and has two brothers. His brother, Matthew, is an EMT/FF. His brother, David, was drafted by the Brewers in 2011. His cousin, Jeremy Lucroy, also played baseball for the Ragin' Cajuns.

He was married on July 7, 2010.

References

  1. ^ http://www.ragincajuns.com/fls/15400/MediaGuidepdfs/baseball/2011/Record%20Book/Records.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=15400dead link
  2. ^ "Jonathan Lucroy Biography". Ragincajuns.com. June 13, 1986. Retrieved October 3, 2011. dead link
  3. ^ "Umatilla retiring Jonathan Lucroy’s uniform number". orlandosentinel.com. April 19, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy working hard to show 'true worth'". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Lucroy Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Lucroy signed to new deal". Associated Press. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Brown, David. "Jonathan Lucroy breaks hand after suitcase falls during search for sock". sports.yahoo.com. May 29, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Espn.com – Brewers fall to Cubs' rally despite Jonathan Lucroy's slam

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