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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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Luke Lind came into the Angels organization as an unsigned free agent out of North Dakota state, where he pitched to a 4.79 ERA in 82.2  innings of work. Despite hitting a few learning curves with the Angels (8.88 ERA in 24.1 IP and missing all of 2018 due to injury he really began to come into form with the Low A Burlington Bees to start 2019. In 39.2 IP with the Bees Lind posted an ERA of 2.50 with 47 Ks and 17 BBs and showed a heightened feel for his fastball, which sits in the mid 90’s.

Last night Lind showed a lot of that same talent in last nights affair, aside from the 2 walks in 2.2 IP he struck out 3 and allowed no hits. He’s pitched in just 4.1 innings with the 66ers so far and has given up one earned run with 6 Ks and 2 BBs. In his short time with the 66ers he’s allowed just two hits while displaying notable swing-and-miss stuff.

Luke Lind on his night: “I’m feeling good, I was pretty fresh, I haven’t thrown in a few days with the off day yesterday. My fastball command wasn’t the greatest but I feel good. I was in the game with a big league catcher. I fell behind a lot, he was always positive through the whole thing though. He would say ‘just keep working’ and didn’t lose faith in me at all. It was awesome having him back there.”

Luke Lind on pitching to Jonathan Lucroy: “Having Lucroy here is awesome, it gives you a feel for how he thinks and how he calls a game. I’ve been talking to him and picking his brain, it’s awesome. He’s an awesome guy, it’s great having him here.

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Lind on pitching: “My fastball sits at low to mid 90’s, I’m a spin rate guy with my heavy fastball. Sliders getting better and changeups getting better too. I was a starter in the Northwoods League and in my senior year at school I was a starter. I love the bullpen and just airing it out for a couple of innings. I love coming out of the bullpen.”

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