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6/13/1986 (30 y, 8 m, 8 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 7, Overall: 101, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
$11M / 5 Years (2012 - 2016) + 1 Option Years
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Lucroy burst onto the scene in 2010 thanks to a labrum injury to consummate veteran Gregg Zaun. After it became apparent that George Kottaras couldn't handle playing behind the plate, Lucroy earned the starter's job in June. He hit quite well in the minors, showing decent power and fantastic on-base skills. In the majors, though, Lucroy stopped taking walks (6.1%), and although he made contact at a decent enough rate (15.9%), it wasn't enough to make his line respectable. He showed little power and was below average on balls in play, resulting in a drab .253/.300/.329 batting line. With his decent defense, that makes him an average catcher in the real world, but as a fantasy play there's not much here. He does have potential to put up a 10-10 HR/SB season, but that's only if everything breaks right. Otherwise, he's a low average, low run, low RBI player, only worth a spot in a deep league or as injury filler. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Jon Lucroy has established himself as the Brewers catcher of the future. However, his bat isn't good enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration at this time.
Lucroy completed his first full season as Milwaukee's starting catcher and should hold the position for the foreseeable future. Although he doesn't do anything particularly well behind the plate, he doesn't do anything particularly poorly either. However, the discipline which brought walk rates of 10% or higher in the minors appears to be gone. For the second straight season, Lucroy posted a walk rate in the 6% range. Given his low spot in the batting order, he isn't likely to post much in the way of counting stats, but unlike many of the catchers in the league, he isn't going to kill a single stat either -- he even stole two bases last season. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
For most statistical categories, Lucroy defines average. As a hitter who squats behind the plate during the other half of the game, that makes him serviceable both for fantasy and the actual game.
Lucroy consistently put together impressive numbers to start his minor league career before essentially skipping Triple-A and being forced into the starting role after Gregg Zaun's injury in 2010. After consecutive underwhelming seasons at the plate, it appears Lucroy has adjusted to major-league pitching and is back to his old self. He hit .320/.368/.513 in 346 plate appearances last year and owned the third-highest wOBA (.378) amongst all catchers with at least 300 PAs. Strikeouts had become a concern in 2011, but he almost cut his strikeout rate in half to 12.7% and only had a 5.6% swinging-strike rate. Some have pointed to his .338 batting average on balls in play as a reason to temper excitement heading into 2013. Lucroy is a line-drive hitter, however, and has a career .315 BABIP. His batting average won't suffer dramatically if his BABIP comes down to his career average. The Brewers' potent offense should help his RBI and run totals throughout the year, too. At 26, Lucroy appears to be entering his prime and could be overlooked on draft day due to his injury and lack of plate appearances last year. He could provide real value on draft day. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
After a breakout season in 2012 that was interrupted by a freak injury to his hand, Lucroy appears poised to be a top-ten catcher, providing double-digit home runs and a healthy batting average, and could be a value buy thanks to only 346 plate appearances last year.
The 27-year-old Brewer catcher is too often overlooked in fantasy circles because he doesn't look the part. Many owners forget he posted a fantastic .378 weighted on-base average with 12 home runs in only 346 plate appearances in 2012. More importantly, he backed it up over a whole season by hitting .280/.340/.455 with 18 homers and a .175 isolated slugging percentage last year. The improved performance at the plate coincided with a large jump in his contact rate between 2011 and 2012, which was 83.7% to 87.6%, respectively. He consequently cut his strikeout rate in half, and those positive contact trends carried over into the 2013 season. There are two main reasons why Lucroy was the fifth-ranked fantasy catcher last year despite ranking tenth in wOBA amongst catchers with at least 300 PAs: (1) his 580 plate appearances were third-most in the league for catchers, which meant more opportunities to amass counting statistics, and (2) he produces in every category. For example, his nine stolen bases were tops at the position. Pay attention to where he bats in the Brewers' batting order because with the return of Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez, he could either move down to fifth/sixth or up to the two-slot. Both will impact his potential fantasy output, but he's safely a top-10 catcher no matter what and could push for more depending upon his batting average on balls in play. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Lucroy is easily a top-10 catcher heading into the 2014 season. He provides value across the board -- even leading the position in steals -- and should have an opportunity to improve his counting stats with Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez returning to the Brewers' lineup.
In 2014, Victor Martinez was one of the season's standout stars. Quietly, Lucroy had a Martinez-lite season. VMart blasted 65 extra base hits, while Lucroy managed 68 in 14 more plate appearances. While they diverge -- Martinez had 32 home runs and Lucroy skewed to doubles with 53 in that category (setting the record for doubles as a catcher) -- they still had things in common. Lucroy features good plate discipline with strong contact skills like the Tiger, including a 5% swinging strike rate, 10.1% walk rate, and 10.8% strikeout rate. The combination allows him to bat around .300 with a strong on base percentage. There is definitely upside for more home runs from Lucroy's bat. His position in the heart of a Brewers lineup that features Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, and Aramis Ramirez should also mean plenty of run opportunities for the highly rated catcher. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Extra base power, plate discipline, and plenty of lineup support make Lucroy a stalwart among a thin class of catchers.
Frame-master general Jonathan Lucroy has made a lot of offensive improvements since he first reached the majors in 2010. Between then and 2014, he cut his strikeout rate from 14.8 percent to 10.8 percent, improved his walk rate from 6.1 percent to 10.1 percent, and increased his power production to a consistent 12-plus home runs per season. Following three consecutive seasons of solid offensive production, Lucroy had established himself as top-three fantasy catcher. Unfortunately, Lucroy’s 2015 season was limited by a toe injury and a concussion. He managed just 103 games played and performed worse than his career averages across the board. Still just 29 years old and presumably returning healthy in 2016, there is no reason to think Lucroy can’t return to his 2012-2014 levels of production. With the Brewers moving toward rebuilding, there is some talk that they could trade Lucroy, but following his injury-filled season, it might make more sense for them to let him rebound in 2016 rather than trading him at a low point of his value. I think Steamer is pessimistic with a projected .273/.339/.417 triple slash. I’d project him closer to .290/.355/.455 with 15 home runs and a few steals. He’s squarely back in my top five at the position.
The Quick Opinion:
A toe injury and concussion limited Jonathan Lucroy to 103 games played and worse offensive production than usual. However, in the three years previous, Lucroy had established himself as one of the best hitting catchers in baseball. Returning healthy in 2016, look for him to reassert himself among the top five fantasy catchers.
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