Jonathan Lucroy, Catcher


Date of Birth: 6/13/1986
Birthplace: Eustis, Florida
College: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Jonathan Lucroy, catcher, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007. He played in the minor leagues from 2007 through half of 2010. He joined the Brewers for 75 games in 2010.

In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Lucroy batted .265 with 114 hits, 16 doubles, and 59 RBIs in 136 games. The following year, the Brewers gave him a five-year contract extension that includes a sixth year club option. In 2012, he broke his hand and spent much of the season on the DL. On August 30, 2012, he hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs in one game.

In 2013, Lucroy batted .280 with 146 hits, 25 doubles, 18 home runs, and 82 RBIs in 147 games. As a catcher, he made 56 assists, 857 putouts, and 8 errors in 126 games. He had a fielding percentage of .991.

Lucroy led major league baseball in doubles with 53 in 2014. He finished the season with 176 hits, 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a .301 batting average in 153 games.

In 2015, Lucroy was on the DL from April 20th through May 31st with a broken toe. He finished the season with 98 hits, 20 doubles, 43 RBIs, and a .264 batting average in 103 games. He caught 86 games and he made 53 assists, 627 putouts, and 8 errors. He caught players trying to steal 27.8% of the time and he had a .988 fielding percentage.

Lucroy was traded to the Texas Rangers on August 1, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 143 hits, 24 doubles, a career high 24 home runs, 81 RBIs, and a .292 batting average in 95 games with the Brewers and 47 games with the Rangers. Defensively, as a catcher in 82 games with the Brewers and 44 games with the Rangers, he made 75 assists, 918 putouts, and 6 errors. He had a .994 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 38.9% of the time. In the postseason, he batted just .083 in 12 at-bats in 3 games.

The Rangers exercised their club option for Lucroy for 2017 on November 3, 2016. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies on July 30, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 112 hits, 21 doubles, 40 RBIs, 51 strikeouts to 46 walks, and a .265 batting average in 77 games with the Rangers and 46 games with the Rockies. Defensivley, as a catcher in 110 games, he made 63 assists, 758 putouts, and 4 errors. He caught players trying to steal 26.7% of the time. In the Wild Card game, he had 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats in 1 game.

Lucroy elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Career batting statistics for Lucroy through 2017 include:

  • 975 games played
  • 960 hits
  • 185 doubles
  • 96 home runs
  • 458 RBIs
  • 542 strikeouts to 310 walks
  • .281 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Lucroy as a catcher through 2017 include:

  • 879 games played
  • 453 assists
  • 6,477 putouts
  • 49 errors
  • .278 caught stealing percentage
  • .993 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Jonathan Lucroy
ESPN - Jonathan Lucroy