Some minor league transactions news to report, with the Toronto Blue Jays brokering a deal with past trade partners in the Los Angeles Dodgers that will see right-hander Francisco Lucumi head to the Jays franchise.
A product of Cali, Colombia, Lucumi signed with the Dodgers back in 2019 as a 17-year-old through international free agency and is an interesting player right from the get-go, as it appeared that he was going to be joining the San Diego Padres the year prior but ended up signing with L.A. a year later, with the events still remaining a bit of a mystery at this time.
As a professional baseball player, Lucumi spent last year in the Dominican Summer League and authored a 4.20 ERA through 18 games out of the bullpen. The righty pitcher struck out 30 batters and earned a 9.0 K/9 while walking batters at a 2.7 BB/9 clip, eventually finishing the year with 32 hits and 14 earned runs through 30.0 innings of work. One concerning stat, albeit still in development and very low in the Minor League levels, is that he gave up five home runs to earn a 1.5 HR/9 stat on the season, which is a bit elevated from what one would like to see.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a minor trade last week, with the Jays acquiring RHP Francisco Lucumi.
Now 19 years old, Lucumi stands at 6’2″ and not much is known of the Blue Jays’ newest player at this time. Per his MiLB page, it appears that the Blue Jays will have him joining the DSL Blue Jays this season down at their Boca Chica complex, joining other prospects like Manuel Beltre, Luis Meza, and Martin Gimenez down in the Dominican Republic, with the league set to get underway next week.
It does not appear any player is heading the opposite way to the Dodgers in the transaction, at least at the time of writing this article.
Welcome to the Blue Jays organization Francisco Lucumi and all the best moving this season!