Oakland will determine if the southpaw is ready to do the opening day rotation
José Luis López | CARACAS.- Jesus Luzardo, the left-wing prospect of the Oakland Athletics, was one of the pitchers David Forst, the team's general manager, named Friday as candidates for the club's rotation this season, MLB.com reported.
"We're not going to rule out Luzardo in formulating the Opening Day rotation. I think we've said that sometime," Forst said. "If it's good enough, there's no reason not to have it in the rotation. Obviously, it's a big leap for someone who has just thrown a few AAA entries. time we are in the days or more of the preseason ".
In addition to free agent Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada, Oakland has no other members safe from the rotation of a group that includes Luzardo, Daniel Mengden, Paul Blackburn, Chris Bassitt, Aaron Brooks and Frankie Montas.
The 21-year-old leftist has undoubtedly the greatest potential of the lot. Throughout his stops in three smaller levels in 2018, Luzardo showed his big fast ball with an ERA of 2.88 and 129 strikeouts in 109.1 innings.
Now, almost three years after Tommy John's surgery in March 2016, Luzardo could perform in over 150 applications. But it's up to the Oakland coaches to determine if he's fit enough for battle: in the Majors or at the highest level of the minors.
Inciarte returns to the first bat
Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Atlanta Braves, said Coach Brian Snitker is inclined to return to Énder Inciarte his role as the first baton in 2019. He would be followed by Josh Donaldson, Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nick Markakis to complete the first five in the batting order of the club. Inciarte started in 2018 in that position, but finished in many different places in the schedule, in a season of ups and downs. He ended the year with a low line of 0.223 / 0.292 / .266 while rebounding first. In the case of Acuña, Snitker prefers to align him where he will have more opportunities to tow.