Joey Lucchesi - Mets Pitcher (2021 - 2023)
was born June 6th, 1993, in Newark, California.
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.
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.
MLB Career: 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 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.
of veteran, Tommy Hunter in the 3rd inning. Lucchesi would pitch 3.1 innings allowing just an unearned run & earning the victory in a 4-2 Mets win over Arizona, at Citi Field.
Lucchesi went where no Met starter had gone in the first twenty games of 2023, pitching into the 7th inning. Not only did he pitch into the 7th inning, but he also struck out the side in that inning to total nine K's on the night.