So who is Cory Luebke anyway? …

This is a fair question for Padres fans, who, unlike previous seasons, haven’t had to learn a new batch of starting pitchers during the season.

Say what you want about the Padres recent woes — they’re on a seven-game losing skid going into Friday’s game against the Rockies — but their starting rotation has remained nearly in tact with the exception of Chris Young (shoulder) and the spot start by Tim Stauffer in May.

Anyway, back to Friday’s starting pitcher, Cory Luebke, who will also be making his Major League debut. Here’s the thing about Luebke: Had he not been sidelined by a strained left oblique coming out of Spring Training, he might have been here by now already.

As it stands, Luebke, the Padres’ first-round pick (63rd) overall out of Ohio State in 2007 is here after a nice run through the Minor Leagues this season.

He was 10-1 with a 2.68 ERA between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Portland, though the numbers you should be paying attention to are his hits-per-innings ratio (83 hits, 114 innings) and his opponents batting average (.200).

Randy Smith, the Padres director of player development, calls Luebke a “winner” and it’s easy to see why. He’s 21-5 the last two seasons in the Minor Leagues.

Luebke probably pegs as a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the Major Leagues — eventually.  He is a three-pitch guy, with a fastball that runs 89-93 mph with life and isn’t afraid to pitch inside. His secondary pitches are his slider and change-up, with the slider being his strikeout pitch. He throws strikes and challenges hitters.

So there you go.

We’ll see how it all works out tonight for Luebke, who is getting a start to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest. If he pitches reasonably well, he could replace someone in the starting rotation.

Corey Brock, MLB.com

4 Comments

Wow…you posted on July 1st and now “already” again on September 3rd?? Great work Corey. Are you sure you spelled “Cory” correctly??
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You may want to take a peek at the blogs at the Pirates and Cubs sites…multiple posts daily, thorough and complete coverage by both of those gals. Don’t be surprised if, when you look over your shoulder, you see a Muskat or Langosch gaining on you (and your gig here).

corey, i love your blog, and i love the padres. i thought this season was a season we would actually make a run….. sigh!!! now needing a four game sweep of the giants, thinks are looking grim.
I know you converse with bud black occasionally, as a journalist maybe you can ask him why he doesn’t feel necessary to manufacture runs? we were in countless situations in september in 1 run games where with people on base and runners weren’t bunted over. we turned into countless double plays to end innings . There is a small ball game to avoid double plays, even with our struggling offense i saw plenty of 2 out hits if maybe the runners were moved over instead of on the bench after the double play we might have scored a few runs. maybe not, but we wont ever know because the coach didn’t take control of his team and do what he needed to do to score runs.
sorry I’m just once again a frustrated padre fan!!! its sad that the only championship that has been brought to San Diego has been by a little league team.

corey, i love your blog, and i love the padres. i thought this season was a season we would actually make a run….. sigh!!! now needing a four game sweep of the giants, thinks are looking grim.
I know you converse with bud black occasionally, as a journalist maybe you can ask him why he doesn’t feel necessary to manufacture runs? we were in countless situations in september in 1 run games where with people on base and runners weren’t bunted over. we turned into countless double plays to end innings . There is a small ball game to avoid double plays, even with our struggling offense i saw plenty of 2 out hits if maybe the runners were moved over instead of on the bench after the double play we might have scored a few runs. maybe not, but we wont ever know because the coach didn’t take control of his team and do what he needed to do to score runs.
sorry I’m just once again a frustrated padre fan!!! its sad that the only championship that has been brought to San Diego has been by a little league team.

Thanks for the Padres news. I’ve got a San Diego season in review over at thedugoutdoctors if you’re interested:
http://bit.ly/eVxz5C

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