At the beginning of the season, Jesus Luzardo was considered a dark horse candidate for the AL Cy Young award. Even though he is just 23 years old, and coming off of an uneven rookie campaign, expectations were sky high.
It is easy to see why. Luzardo has the stuff of a future ace, having been considered one of the top two left handed pitching prospects in the game entering last season. With his impressive fastball, excellent changeup, and solid curve, he has three potentially plus offerings with impressive control.
But eventually, that potential will need to turn into results. That has not been the case so far in 2021, as Luzardo has once again had an uneven start to the season. Heading into Saturday’s start, he had posted a 5.40 ERA and a 1.520 WHiP over his 25 innings. Although he has struck out 29 batters, his command has not quite been there as he has issued ten walks.
With Mike Fiers back, the A’s are experimenting with a six man rotation. Eventually, that will come to an end, with someone being sent either to the bullpen or down to Triple-A. Luzardo did not pitch well on Saturday either, as he did not exactly make his case to remain in the rotation.
Jesus Luzardo was considered a dark horse candidate for the AL Cy Young award. At this point, he may not remain in the Oakland A’s rotation much longer.