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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:04 PM
Throughout his career, French was never the type to knock you out as he seems to prefer the rope-a-dope style. He is the ultimate pitch to contact pitcher, never eclipsing triple digits in strikeouts, in any year.
Luke was Born in Kansas but he achieved his high school All American status while attending High School in Littleton Colorado. This brought him to the attention of the Scouts and led to an 8th round selection by the Detroit Tigers in 2004 which was the same year the Tigers grabbed Justin Verlander in the 1st round.
Luke reported to rookie ball that year and despite never having overwhelming stats at any level he steadily progressed up the ladder and French made his debut in a Tigers uniform at the age of 23 in 2009 and after 5 starts and a respectable 3.38 ERA and 1-2 win loss record. He was traded to the Mariners, part of the deal that netted the Tigers Jerrod Washburn.
Luke was excited about the trade because he admittedly grew up a huge Mariners Fan. However, his time in Seattle wouldn't last long as he finished up 2009 making 7 starts and posting a 6.63 ERA. He split time in 2010 between Seattle and Tacoma which is one of the shorter MLB-AAA MLB hops, distance wise, that you can make. Luke finished 2010 with 13 starts for the Mariners and 4.83 ERA.
2011 was a disaster, pitching for Tacoma exclusively before the team he loved DFA'd him in August. The culprit for his tossing was a 6.27 ERA.
Now Luke is picking up the pieces after signing a minor league contract with the Twins in January and so far, obviously, so good and as long as he keeps hitting his spots, who knows, maybe he'll find his way back.
Seth Stohs sent me a private message stating that Luke has been called up to AAA Rochester. I couldn't find any news that confirmed this but Seth is probably all the confirmation you need.
One Last note... I actually looked up what the Origin of the last name "French" was. Interestingly enough... It's not French in Origin, it's IRISH!!! This makes me laugh, and it's a wonderful quirk in the world of Geneology. Kind of like getting a Cat and naming it "Dog".
Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:42 PM
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:46 AM
Had the opportunity to watch Luke pitch this Spring Training in an intersquad game of Field #2 at Fort Myers. I will dig my files to see if I have any pictures. My first thoughts were: a. Darn, he is an imposing figure. The guy is big. Almost Tyler Robertson big. Can play DE for the Vikings big. b. He tosses so softly. He must have 4-5 different pitches ranging from low low 70s to mid 80s. I think that that fastest fastball I saw him toss was at 86. He is a nibbler. What people call "crafty leftie" (aka "junkballer"). Here is one occassion where the pitching style does not fit the player's frame...
Anderson will love him. He's a big fan of crafty.
Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:32 PM