#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

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