The Orioles announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-hander Josh Lucas to a minor league contract. The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season with the Athletics organization.
Lucas tossed 14 1/3 innings for the A’s but allowed 10 runs on 16 hits and nine walks with 14 strikeouts in that time. It was his second straight season with some degree of MLB experience, as he threw 7 1/3 frames for the 2017 Cardinals as well. In all, Lucas has a 5.40 ERA in 21 2/3 big league innings.
While he’s yet to find success at the MLB level, Lucas has posted continually strong numbers in the upper minors. The former 21st-round pick has a career 2.93 ERA and a 66-to-14 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings of Double-A ball and a 3.39 ERA with 8.9 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9 in 106 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level. The right-hander has also routinely posted strong ground-ball rates both in the upper minors and in his limited time in the Majors.