Former Ragin’ Cajun Jonathan Lucroy Continues To Impress – VIDEO
Former Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun Jonathan Lucroy has emerged as one of the top catchers in all of baseball this season, while being a fixture in the Milwaukee Brewers’ batting order..
The 27-year old Eustis, Florida native, now in his fourth season in Major League Baseball, ranks fourth among MLB catchers in Batting average (.287), third in home runs (17), and first in RBI’s (66), while also ranking second in slugging percentage (.485).
Exactly how impressive are those numbers? Well, if you compare Lucroy to last year’s National League Most Valuable Player, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, you’ll get a pretty good idea.
Posey, who made the National League All-Star team for the second time, is having another fine season, hitting a .305, with 14 homers, and 61 RBI’s, while Lucroy is at .287/17/66.
That’s two of the big three categories that Lucroy has topped Posey in.
Lucroy looks to be getting better too.
After establishing himself as a bona fide Major League player in 2011, hitting a .265, with 12 homers, and 59 RBI’s, Lucroy followed that with a solid 2012 season, hitting an impressive .320, with 12 homers, and 58 RBI’s, despite missing time due to injury.
This season, Lucroy has stayed healthy, and has been a mainstay in the Brewers batting order, leading the team in runs driven in, while standing second in home runs.
If Lucroy keeps playing like this throughout his career, or gets better, he’s going to make that 5-year/$10.28 million contract he signed prior to last year look like a great bargain for the Brewers.
Come to think of it, it probably already is.
Lucroy played for Louisiana from 2005-2007, helping the Cajuns to two NCAA Regional appearances (2005 & 2007), before being taken in the third round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Brewers.
This is a walk-off home run that Lucroy hit last Saturday, the first of his career, off of Aroldis Chapman, giving the Brewers a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
No…I don’t think there’s anybody back there!