The Team USA puzzle has added another piece, as catcher Jonathan Lucroy has committed to the team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. If you’ve been following us here at INSC, you will notice that we’ve been getting to know Team USA, as they are shaping up to be perhaps the best national team the country has put together. Well, Lucroy is no different, so let’s get to know the starting catcher for the United States.
Lucroy played for the team in the 2013 WBC, where he went 2-5 with a RBI in three games. Since then he has appeared in the All-Star Game twice, in 2014 and 2016, and has established himself as one of the best catchers in baseball.
After playing his first six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Lucroy was traded to the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline this past season. He went on to bat .276 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 47 games.
The 30-year-old was the first catcher to accept his invitation to play in the classic, as Giants’ catcher Buster Posey also appeared on the preliminary roster. Posey has not given his decision on playing yet. Therefore Lucroy will likely be the team’s starting catcher. Whether he’s starting every game or splitting time with Posey, Lucroy’s bat will be a very nice addition to Team USA’s offense.
Jonathan Lucroy will join Nolan Arenado and Adam Jones on offense, and will likely catch pitchers Chris Archer and Max Scherzer. Lucroy makes and even five commitments for Team USA, who is already shaping up to be the favorite in this year’s tournament.
Look for Lucroy behind the plate when the tournament begins on March 7th, and as always stay tuned for the latest WBC updates here at Inscriber Digital Magazine.