It was rather weird that the Blue Jays selected Elvis Luciano from Kansas City in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft. At the time an 18-year-old hurler who’d never pitched above Rookie, Luciano wasn’t exactly the most natural choice for a team to select.
Still, Ross Atkins and the Blue Jays chose him and became instantly faced with the challenge of keeping him on the big-league roster all season. Though the season came with its fair share of growing pains — Luciano pitched to an ERA of 5.35 in 33.2 innings, allowing 20 earned runs on 36 hits and 24 walks, striking out just 27 — the organization was, miraculously, able to keep him in the system, thanks chiefly to a timely stint on the injured list.
Now, the Blue Jays have full and complete control of Luciano’s future, which, ultimately, is what they wanted when they took him from the Royals. With years of control and an electric yet raw arm, Luciano becomes more intriguing now than ever.
Since his rookie status is still intact as of the end of the 2019 season, the Blue Jays can develop him as they wish. Player development, especially in this organization, is a challenging and at times divisive topic. Do the …
Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation