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LA Angels Jonathan Lucroy contributes to MiLB 66ers 15-1 victory

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pats Jonathan Lucroy #20 on the head as Andrelton Simmons #2 walks past following a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pats Jonathan Lucroy #20 on the head as Andrelton Simmons #2 walks past following a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 07: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros checks on Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after they collided in the eighth inning on a play at the plate at Minute Maid Park on July 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Marsnick was ruled out on the home plate collision rule. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 07: Jake Marisnick #6 of the Houston Astros checks on Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after they collided in the eighth inning on a play at the plate at Minute Maid Park on July 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Marsnick was ruled out on the home plate collision rule. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

LA Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy completed his rehab assignment with the Angels Class A Advanced MiLB squad, the Inland Empire 66ers, with 2 hits with a walk and an RBI in the contest. Also featured in the big 15-1 victory against Visalia was burgeoning power prospect Gareth Morgans grand slam as well a strong 5.1 inning affair from prospective pitcher Oliver Ortega.

The Angels saw catcher Jonathan Lucroy return to the big league team after a strong rehab assignment last night with the Inland Empire 66ers versus the visiting Visalia Rawhide. The 66ers pulled out 15-1 win over Visalia in which Lucroy score three runs with 2 hits (one double), and a walk as well as one RBI in the affair. The 66ers are a whole were on fire as they scored runs in all but 3 innings and allowed just one run to the Rawhide across three different pitchers (Ortega, Lind, Tavarez).

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Lucroy caught a full 9 inning workload in the affair and in the process caught Angels prospects such as Oliver Ortega and Luke Lind. Oliver Ortega carries a mid 90’s fastball with solid sink as well as an above average slider and curveball combo.

His change-up requires a bit more development than his other pitches, specifically with his feel for commanding the pitch. Sixteen of his 21 appearances this year have come as starts and nine of those starts have seen him go at least 5 innings. Overall he’s posted a 3.34 ERA in 94.1 IP with 121 K’s and 49 BB’s while holding hitters to a sub .200 batting average.

After the game we caught up with Jonathan Lucroy for a few questions regarding his rehab assignment, catching some of the Angels pitching prospects as well as the play that led to his injury back in Houston a few weeks ago.

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