Jesus Luzardo

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

Watch A's pitcher Jesus Luzardo get fans hyped for 2020 MLB season

As if A’s fans already weren’t excited for the 2020 MLB season.

Young pitcher Jesus Luzardo released a hype video Sunday that will have Oakland fans salivating.

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Luzardo has been one of the A’s top prospects for several years, and made his MLB debut on Sept. 11, 2019. The 22-year-old made six relief appearances for Oakland last season, finishing with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings, striking out 16 batters.

Luzardo is expected to be in Oakland’s rotation whenever the 2020 season gets underway.

A's Jesús Luzardo found solace in baseball after Parkland shooting

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A's Jesús Luzardo found solace in baseball after Parkland shooting

It was Valentine’s Day in 2018 when then-A's prospect Jesús Luzardo got a text from his old high school saying not to come to the Stoneman-Douglas High campus in Parkland, Florida.

There was an active shooter at the school, and Luzardo was supposed to be there to help out with practice at his alma mater. 

According to a Mercury News article published a few days after the shooting, Luzardo returned to his old school three times a week during the offseason to coach the current crop of high school baseball players.

“It was kind of a whirlwind of emotions -- I was actually running late,” Luzardo told teammate Marcus Semien in MLB’s new segment “Fitted” that debuted in April. “I was supposed to be there right when school got out.”

Luzardo was playing golf and was told by his coach not to come to campus, and he would detail the chaos that ensued in an interview with the New York Times back in 2018.

“The town definitely went into shock for a while, and it was tough,” he said. “I was glad I got baseball to kind of rely on.” 

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A gunman opened fire at the school in Luzardo’s hometown, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. 

Stoneman-Douglas was also Chicago Cubs’ All-Star first baseman’s Anthony Rizzo alma mater, and the baseball field Luzardo played on would eventually be named after Rizzo. 

Dallas Braden beats A's Jesus Luzardo in MLB The Show 20, talks smack

Dallas Braden beats A's Jesus Luzardo in MLB The Show 20, talks smack

Be careful what you wish for.

If you're going to challenge NBC Sports California's Dallas Braden to anything, just be prepared for some trash talk. Especially if he wins.

A's phenom Jesus Luzardo is representing Oakland in the round-robin "MLB The Show 20" video game tournament currently going on while the MLB season is indefinitely paused due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To warm up for it, he figured he'd take on the much more senior Braden to ease into the competition.

Welp. That backfired.

Braden and Luzardo went head-to-head Tuesday night, and in case you couldn't tell by Braden's resulting tweet, he, uh, won.

Oof. Talk about adding insult to injury. Luzardo is perfectly healthy -- knock on wood -- but that had to do some damage to the self-esteem. 

It would appear that Luzardo isn't all that great at video games, or at least is in need of quite a bit of practice.

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Good thing he has that pitching career to fall back on.