#20 – 3B Richard Lucas

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’1”/205 lbs

Acquired: 4th Rd ’07 (Wolfson HS)

Born: 11/2/88 (Jacksonville, FL)

2009 Rank: NR

Why Ranked Here: After a knee injury ended a 2008 that
began slowly with an aggressive assignment, Lucas stayed healthy in
2009, and started to really produce. Lucas features an usually strong approach for a young hitter: he really can
use the whole field and, when he’s going right, is patient at the plate. He credits a youth coach for insisting
that his right-handed hitters learn to hit the ball to right field, and as a result, Lucas lets the ball get deep naturally. However,
he still has plenty of batspeed to get out in front and pull a ball. Lucas is thickly built and naturally strong, but will need to ensure that he does not get any thicker otherwise he’ll have trouble staying at third. At third, he’s still figuring out how to use his arm and body to put himself in the right position. In 2008, the Mets skipped the HS  product from the GCL to the SAL and he struggled in 31 games as a 19-year-old.

2009: In a favorable environment for offense, Lucas ripped through the Appalachian League. His most impressive feat: perhaps his 1:1 K:BB ratio. He ended the season with an unimpressive two weeks in Brooklyn. However, in Brooklyn, I saw Lucas do one of the more impressive things I’d seen from a 20-year old hitter in while. In one AB he drilled a double down the rightfield line, and then in the next hooked a ball into left field.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Lucas’s bat and strength make him very interesting and he could mature into a capable starting 3B.

Debbie Downer Says: He’ll be 21 this year with just one really good month in Kingsport to his credit. He’s
an org guy.

Projected 2010 Start: St. Lucie. The bet here is that the Mets will start Jefry Marte back in Savannah, and jump the older Lucas over him the FSL. This is actually one of the most fascinating questions of the spring with the possibility
that both Lucas and Marte will be headed to Savannah.

MLB Arrival: 2013

G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG BB% SO% XBH% PA BABIP
09 APP 26 98 35 12 1 4 20 20 1 2 .357 .471 .622 16.53 16.53 14.05 121 .413
09 NYP 16 60 15 5 2 0 7 14 1 1 .250 .319 .400 10.14 20.29 10.14 69 .313

There are 6 comments

  1. theperfectgame

    I hope you’re right about the Mets leaving Marte in the SAL and pushing Lucas to the FSL, however that would be evidence of a paradigm shift in org philosophy away from the familiar “move everyone up a level regardless of what happened last year” towards the revolutionary mentality of “let’s place our brightest prospects where they will most benefit and then fit in the other pieces around them”. Next thing you’ll tell me is that the Mets’ll give 2008 5th-round (apparently wasted) pick Dock Doyle the opportunity to catch in Savannah this year…

    1. NateW

      Ironically giving Doyle the job in Savannah would mean advancing Pena to Binghamton for no good reason. So I’m not sure thats a good indicator…

      But I hear you on the concept. :)

      1. theperfectgame

        Hahaha, touche. But couldn’t they give Doyle the job in Savannah and leave Pena in the FSL?

        (Note: feel free to read “in the FSL” as “at a gas station and drive away”)

      2. NateW

        lol

        well the unsaid assumption is that Kai Gronauer will get the bulk of the time in the FSL. They seem to like him in the organization and intend on getting him playing time.

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