When Johnny Lujan first became a part of the Dynasty Family, I was thrilled to think that we got him at the perfect time. He had been log-jammed in the Chicago White Sox organization and was just picked up by the New York Mets in the Triple-A phase of the Rule-5 draft. Johnny was about to have his first child, which was a an amazing thing for his personal life, but it also set him back in Spring Training. He reported to camp late, and never got to see time on the Major League roster. He was actually slotted to play in a Major League split squad game, but the game was rained out (and it happened to be the only rained out game that day in the Grapefruit League).
We had assumed that Johnny would be starting the year with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, but as Spring Training came to a close, he was instead assigned to the Double-A Binghamton Mets. The Mets organization’s bullpen impressed a lot of people during Spring Training, and unfortunately for Johnny, he would have to start the year at the same level that he ended last season. He would not be in Binghamton for long, though.
Last night, after striking out two batters and giving up no hits or walks in one inning of work, Johnny was told to pack his bags, because he was being promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. With Binghamton, Johnny had a 2.89 ERA. In 6 games and 9.1 innings, he had 2 saves, 11 strikeouts, and only 3 walks.
Binghamton’s manager, Tim Teufel, had this to say about Lujan:
“It’s a matter of stuff. I don’t care how long you’ve been in the game, if you don’t have the stuff, you’re not going to get the ball in the later innings. But (Lujan) has been one of the better pitchers out of the pen.”
Johnny becomes the third Triple-A player represented by Dynasty Athlete Representation. We wish Johnny the best in his new home and hope that he is called up to the big league sooner than later.