Jonathan Lucroy, Catcher, Texas Rangers
Date of Birth: 6/13/1986
Birthplace: Eustis, Florida
College: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Current Salary: $5,250,000
Jonathan Lucroy, catcher for the Texas Rangers, 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 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.
Career batting statistics for Lucroy through 2016 include:
- 852 games played
- 848 hits
- 164 doubles
- 90 home runs
- 418 RBIs
- 491 strikeouts to 264 walks
- .284 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Lucroy as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 769 games played
- 390 assists
- 5,719 putouts
- 45 errors
- .279 caught stealing percentage
- .993 fielding percentage