May 14, 1984 |
Park Ridge, Illinois
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
|April 6, 2009 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||2.88|
Lucas John Gregerson (born May 14, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He owned the major league record for holds in a single season, with 40 until Joel Peralta of the Tampa Bay Rays broke the record with 41 holds in 2013.
St. Louis Cardinals
Gregerson was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of Saint Xavier University. He spent his first professional season between the Rookie-Level Johnson City Cardinals and the Short-Season State College Spikes in 2006. He went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 15 games with Johnson City and 6-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 12 games with State College.
In 2007, Gregerson split the season between the Advanced-A Palm Beach Cardinals and the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. With Palm Beach he went 3-4 with a 1.97 ERA in 53 games and with Springfield he was perfect in his only inning of work.
San Diego Padres
Gregerson spent the entire season with the Padres, going 2-4 with a 3.24 ERA with one save in seven save opportunities in 72 games and striking out 93 in 75 innings. On June 16, Gregerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list for tendinitis in his right shoulder and missed about a month of the season. On September 24, 2009, he picked up his first Major League save against the Colorado Rockies.
In 2010, Gregerson solidified his role as the regular seventh-inning relief man for the Padres, appearing before Mike Adams and Heath Bell in close games. He temporarily moved to the eighth inning in late July and early August while Adams was on the disabled list. On September 23, 2010, Gregerson worked a perfect seventh to set the major league record for holds in a single season with 37. He extended the record to 40 by the end of the season. Gregerson finished the season with a 3.22 ERA and 89 strike-outs against 18 walks in 781⁄3 innings.
Gregerson again began 2011 as the Padres regular seventh-inning man. He was 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA on June 7 when he was sidelined for a month with a strained right oblique. On July 9, 2011, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gregerson entered the game in the ninth inning after Aaron Harang, Josh Spence, Chad Qualls, and Mike Adams combined to pitch eight innings without allowing a hit. Gregerson retired the first two hitters before a double by Juan Uribe on a one ball and two strike count broke up the no hitter. Dioner Navarro then hit a single off Gregerson to score the winning run for the Dodgers. This was the closest the Padres have come to pitching a no-hitter since Steve Arlin in 1972. When Mike Adams was traded to the Texas Rangers at the end of July, Gregerson temporarily moved into the eighth-inning role of set-up man for Bell, but in September he returned to the seventh-inning slot as Qualls took on set-up man duties. Gregerson finished the season with 16 holds and a 2.75 ERA, but there was some concern that his strike-outs dropped to 34 over 552⁄3 innings.
Gregerson had an excellent 2012 with the Padres, including a 23 scoreless inning streak in July and August. He began the year as the seventh-inning man, and then moved to the eighth-inning when Andrew Cashner was converted to starter. He moved into the closer's role in August when Huston Street was injured, picking up nine saves. Gregerson finished the season with a 2.39 ERA and 72 strike-outs versus 21 walks in 712⁄3 innings.
- Padres agree to deal with Hill, acquire Gregerson
- Brittain, Amy (June 16, 2009). "Padres reshuffle as Gregerson hits DL". MLB.com.
- Gregerson punctuates series victory
- Padres back in first after Stauffer stifles Dodgers
- Norcross, Don (May 12, 2011). "Gregerson's ride is as retro as he is". San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011.
- Brock, Corey (July 4, 2011). "Gregerson set for return to action". MLB.com. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Padres fall one out shy of first no-hitter, still lose 1-0
- Logan, Myron (February 6, 2012). "What to expect from Luke Gregerson". Friar Forecast. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Powers, Jim (August 20, 2012). "Gregerson credits slider for stingy stretch". MLB.com. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
- Twitter / Athletics: #Athletics acquire RHP Luke Gregerson from the #Padres for OF Seth Smith.
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- Venezuelan Professional Baseball League statistics