Sandy Lugo didn’t begin his 2016 season until late May when he joined the Dayton Dragons. In the first appearance the 22-year-old right hander threw 1.2 hitless innings. He walked just one batter and struck out four on 31 pitches.The next time out, two days later, he ran into some problems and allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. Over the next three games to finish out the month he threw 3.0 shutout innings with a walk and four strikeouts. In nine days he made five appearances, allowing two runs over 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.
With a heavy workload to end May, Sandy Lugo only pitched three times in the first two weeks of June. He allowed a run in 5.0 innings with two walks and five strikeouts in that span. In the third week he threw 4.0 shutout innings over two games, giving up two walks and striking out five. In the final week of June things got tough for the righty as he allowed five runs in 5.0 innings over two games thanks to two home runs allowed. For the month Lugo posted a 3.86 ERA in 14.0 innings with give walks and 16 strikeouts.
A week went by between appearances before Sandy Lugo returned to the mound. On July 4th he allowed a run in 1.1 innings. In the second week of the month he tossed 4.0 perfect innings with seven strikeouts over three games. He would continue to pitch well in the next two outings, but saw big trouble on July 21st. In 3.0 innings he allowed seven runs, though five were unearned with three strikeouts. After two straight 2.0, 0 earned run outings the final appearance was a big struggle. In 2.0 innings, Lugo allowed three solo homers. For the second straight month, this time in 16.1 innings, the Dominican Republic native had a 3.86 ERA. He had 25 strikeouts with just two walks in the month.
The month of August began well as Sandy Lugo threw 6.0 innings with just three baserunners and no runs in the first week. The next three outings were more of the same for the right hander. He sandwiched two 2.0 shutout frames around a 0.1 shutout inning. The season would end on an impressive run with three more shutout appearances. From August 20th through September 1st he threw 8.1 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts. In his final eight games he threw 18.2 innings of shutout relief with three walks and 27 strikeouts.
While the season didn’t start right away for Sandy Lugo, once it did, it went as well as it could. The right hander had a 2.45 ERA across 30 games pitched. He threw more than his share of multiple-inning games, throwing 55.0 total innings. In that span he had just 13 walks and struck out 77 batters, performing as one of the better relievers in the Midwest League. His 12.6 strikeouts per 9-innings pitched was the second highest in the league. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.9 was sixth best in the league.
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Sandy Lugo Scouting Report
Fastball | The pitch works in the 91-94 MPH range and touches a tad higher than that.
Curveball | The bread-and-butter pitch for Lugo. It’s an above-average to plus offering that works in the upper 70’s with hard biting action and 12-6 action.
His fastball can be a little bit straight at times, and his command isn’t as good as his low walk rate would suggest. With that said, he does have good control – he’s in the strikezone frequently, but doesn’t always hit his spots within the zone. The breaking ball is going to play well at any level. If his fastball can continue to keep hitters honest enough as he moves up, he’s got a chance to be a good reliever in the future. He often was used in multiple-inning appearances, so he may pick up a tick or two of velocity in the future if he gets used more in a 1-inning role that could help the fastball play up a bit.