September 13, 1985 |
|May 15, 2009, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2010, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||4.99|
Lucas Stephen French (born September 13, 1985, in Salina, Kansas) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.
At Heritage High School in Littleton, CO, outside of Denver, he played football, basketball, and baseball. After his freshman year he had to quit football for fall baseball, then basketball after sophomore year to spend more time on baseball. He was a Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-American selection.
|“||The Aflac All American was very special to me. To be recognized as one of the top players in the country was a great honor. But not only that I got to see where I stood as a baseball player. Playing against the greatest players in the country at the highest level on national TV was a true test for me.||”|
|— Luke French, topprospectalert.com: 2007.|
In 2004 he finished 10th in the Gulf Coast League with a 2.74 ERA. In his final eights outings (seven starts), he posted a 1–2 record with a 1.95 ERA in 37 innings pithed with 35 strikeouts.
French was the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for July 17–23 after tossing a one-hit shutout against the Dayton Dragons on July 21, 2005. He started two games in the Midwest League playoffs, going 0–1 with a 3.18 ERA.
He was selected to the Florida State League midseason All-Star squad. French finished second in the league with 14 losses, tied for second with 27 starts and finished fourth with 149 innings pitched in 2007.
French went 9–11 with a 4.02 ERA in 26 appearances in 2008, including three starts, for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves. He led the Eastern League with 170 innings pitched and 195 hits allowed, while he tied for the lead with three complete games, tied for second with 11 losses and tied for fifth with 60 walks allowed.
For the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, French went 4–4 with a 2.98 ERA in 13 games (all starts) before getting called up in 2009.
French was called up to the Tigers on May 14, 2009, when Nate Robertson was placed on the disabled list and made his major league debut on May 15 in the 9th inning of a 14–1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. French was optioned to Toledo May 21 after Robertson returned from the disabled list.
French grew up a Seattle Mariners fan. Some of his favorite players Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez and Jay Buhner among others. French received an autographed jersey from Griffey when the Mariners played the Tigers in Detroit on July 21. French said this about his love for the Mariners as a child:
|“||When I was in the fifth grade, I made a time line about where you want to be in the future and it was on my time line that I wanted to play for the Mariners. So this is pretty cool. The Mariners were my favorite team...I was a big fan of theirs.||”|
|— Luke French, mariners.com: August 2, 2009.|
On August 13, 2011, French was designated for assignment by the Mariners.
French signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on January 27, 2012.
Luke is currently attending Colorado State University where he is working to earn his degree in Construction Management.
- Luke French, 8.26.09 seattlesportsinsider.com
- Top Prospect Alert Interview: Luke French -- Detroit Tigerstopprospectalert.com
- Robertson placed on 15-day DL mlb.com/news
- Tigers 14, Athletics 1: Boxscore scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore
- Detroit 3, Kansas City 1: Boxscore mlb.com/news/boxscore
- Tigers acquire Washburn from Mariners mlb.com
- Playing for Mariners a dream for French mariners.com
- Mennella, Dan. "Mariners Designate Luke French For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 13 August 2011.