Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy is ready to formally announce his retirement Saturday as a part of a ceremony at American Household Subject, reports Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A 3rd-round decide by the Brewers out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2007, the backstop, who spent the primary half of his twelve-year profession in Milwaukee, shall be inducted into the membership’s Wall of Honor alongside former teammate Ryan Braun.
Arguably essentially the most achieved catcher of the 2010s not named Buster Posey or Yadier Molina, Lucroy’s finest years — together with a fourth-place MVP end (and eight.2 fWAR) in 2014 — got here with the Brewers, however he remained a serviceable possibility behind the plate for a number of years to return following a deadline commerce to the Rangers in 2016. His manufacturing did dip significantly thereafter, nonetheless, and he grew to become one thing of a journeyman in his 30s, taking part in for the Rockies, A’s, Angels, Cubs, Pink Sox, Nationals, and Braves. He sported a sturdy .284/.343/.442 batting line throughout his first seven seasons — all however the final two months of 2016 in Milwaukee — however a relatively paltry .248/.315/.350 thereafter. His once-elite defensive acumen additionally declined precipitously within the latter half of his profession; after accruing 95 defensive runs saved between 2010 and 2016, he price his groups 42 runs thereafter per the Fielding Bible metric.
For his profession, Lucroy logged a more-than-respectable .274/.335/.416 triple-slash, a very robust output given the comparatively anemic manufacturing at his place throughout the majors. Whereas he’s unlikely to obtain any critical Corridor of Fame consideration, the long-time Brewer can cling his hat on a superb profession that included two All-Star alternatives (in 2014 and 2016), 37 profession fWAR, and 4 playoff appearances, together with a 2011 NLCS run with the Brewers.