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Former Legacy High and University of Minnesota pitcher Lucas Gilbreath was added to the Rockies 40-man roster earlier this week.
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Former Legacy High and University of Minnesota pitcher Lucas Gilbreath was added to the Rockies 40-man roster earlier this week.
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Former Legacy pitcher Lucas Gilbreath has taken some big steps in his post-prep career since 2014. Earlier this week, his appearance on the Colorado Rockies’ 40-man roster for 2021 certainly represented his biggest yet.

While the Rockies have made a bevy of moves in recent days as part of an abnormal period for the entire sport of professional baseball, Gilbreath was added to the Rockies’ 40-man list that likely includes an invitation to next year’s spring training while not pitching a single game in 2020 and having some inflated stats in the minor leagues.

On Nov. 20, the Rockies selected the contract of Gilbreath from the Lancaster JetHawks — an advanced A level California League team. In 2019, Gilbreath had a 5-10 record that included a 5.81 earned-run average.

However, according to Jack Etkin of Baseball America, Gilbreath’s fastball and slider drastically improved during a 2020 summer that included a lot of instructional work with Double-A Hartford pitching coach Frank Gonzales, father of Rocky Mountain grad and current Seattle starter Marco Gonzales.

According to the Baseball America article, Gilbreath’s fastball is consistently riding in the 95-97 mph range, with his slider described as “80-84 mph” with “short, late action.”

 

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