Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ends roller coaster season with historic start

{Bally Sports Miami via Twitter}

By: Matt Rothman

It looked like 2021 would be the year when former Marjory Stoneman Douglas pitcher Jesus Luzardo would establish himself as one of the league’s most dominant weapons.

He graduated in 2016, having won 23 games for the MSD baseball team, and was selected in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. In 2019, he was then traded to Oakland Athletics, making his MLB debut.

In 2020, he tested positive for COVID: 19 and went through it all playing for two different MLB teams the following year. The downward spiral began on May 1 when Luzardo was placed on the injured list with a broken finger. He returned to Oakland Athletics on May 30 and was sent to the bullpen.

Almost three weeks later, Luzardo was optioned into the minor leagues before being traded to the Miami Marlins for Starling Marte a week later.

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It ended with Luzardo having his best start to the season in the Marlins’ penultimate game. Luzardo struck out a career-high 11 batting in 5 1/3 innings to claim his sixth win in Miami’s 3-1 win.

“He’s got some good things,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “His fastball looks pretty good on hitters and plays his best. Its curve, even if it does not have much depth, seems deceptive. I saw him pitch a few years ago when he was with Oakland, and I was pretty impressed.

Luzardo will likely head into the 2022 season as part of a strong rotation consisting of Sandy Alcantara, Elieser Hernandez and Trevor Rogers.

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Matt Rothman graduated in 2018 from Florida Gulf Coast University and received his BA in Journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.

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