Joseph George Lucchesi was born June 6th 1993 in Newark, California. The six foot five, left hander grew up a fan of the Oakland A's, during their Moneyball days. His favorite pitchers were Barry Zito, Mark Mulder & Rich Harden.
He attended Southeast Missouri State University & was the ace of their pitching staff, getting named the Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in both, 2015 & 2016. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
Trivia: His nickname is "Joey Fuego", he gained the name in college when he didn't have a sweater & was told to start a Twitter account, he used the name & it stuck.
He started 2017 at A ball Lake Elsinore & was
promoted up to AA San Antonio, as he combined for an 11-7 record with a 2.20 overall ERA.
In 2018 he made the Padres staff & was the first pitcher from the 2016 draft to make the big leagues. He debuted with his first career start, on March 30th, 2018 in the Padres second game of the year. He exited in after the 5th inning, having allowed three runs earning no decision. On April 10th he got his first career win, coming at Colorado. He would win three more games in April, including a 12-2 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
He would miss a month of action & make just one start at AAA El Paso before returning to the Padres rotation.For the year he made 26 starts going 8-9 with 145 strike outs in 130 innings, leading the staff in strike outs. He walked just 43 batters. He posted a 4.08 ERA & averaged just five innings per start.
He returned in 2019 to win ten games (10-10) on a Padre team that finished fifth at 70-92. He led the team in wins, starts (30) innings (163) & strike outs (158). He posted a 4.18 ERA, walked 56 batters & gave up 23 HRs.
In the 2020 Covid19 shortened season, he struggled early on & the Padres optioned him to their alternate training site in early August. He pitched just three games going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA.
On January 19th 2011, he was part of a three team
trade, with the Mets, Padres & Pirates, that sent him to the New York Mets.
Career Stats: In his three year career he is 18-20 with a 4.21 ERA. He struck out 308 batters & walked 101 in 299 innings of work in 58 starts. At the plate he is a .061 hitter (5-82) with two RBIs.