Athletics pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo has hired MVP Sports Group to represent him, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). The move comes less than a year since Luzardo’s previous agency change.
Luzardo is nursing back to health after suffering a rotator cuff strain this spring. He has been throwing for several weeks but has yet to embark upon a rehab assignment.
He’d likely be in the majors had it not been for the unfortunate injury, which broke a string of positive developments for the 21-year-old hurler. Seen as a rising young hurler when he was dealt to the A’s in the summer of 2017, Luzardo soared up prospect ranking lists with a superlative 2018 campaign.
Entering the current campaign, he was seen as a consensus top-twenty leaguewide prospect and was graded seventh overall by Baseball America. Luzardo seemed poised for the big leagues after netting 15 strikeouts in 9 2/3 spring innings.
Luzardo should represent an option for the A’s once he’s able to get back to full health and ramp back up, but the delayed start to the year has obviously slowed his ascent. In addition to the missed chances (and missed service time) early this season, Luzardo will not have an opportunity to build upon his single-season innings tally (109 1/3 last year). That could lead to some workload restrictions next year.
As always, you can find the latest representation information in MLBTR’s Agency Database.