Josh Lucas , who pitched for the State College Spikes in 2013 and 2014, made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, August 19. Lucas became the 49th former Spikes player to reach the MLB ranks on the Road to the Show, presented by HRI, Inc., as he pitched two innings of relief against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lucas yielded a run on solo homer by fellow Spikes alum Jose Osuna in the sixth, but that was the only run he allowed on four total hits. The sidearming right-hander also struck out two batters, including a whiff of Andrew McCutchen in the sixth.
The Lakeland, FL native received the call-up to St. Louis earlier in the day after leading the Cardinals minor league organization with 14 saves for Triple-A Memphis, and his 1.27 unintentional walks per nine innings put him atop the Pacific Coast League leaderboard for relievers in that category.
Lucas made one appearance for State College in 2013 after missing the 2012 season with an arm injury. The 2010 21st-round draft choice then came back to post a 0.31 ERA across two stints with the Spikes as part of the 2014 NYPL champions, going 2-2 with five saves in as many opportunities.
The Cardinals now have three former Spikes on the active roster, with Carson Kelly and Luke Voit also up in St. Louis. Spikes alums Rowan Wick and Edmundo Sosa are also on the club's 40-man roster, with active big league rosters set to expand on September 1.
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