LAFAYETTE, La. - Jonathan Lucroy, a catcher who earned All-American status while playing at Louisiana from 2005-07, was called up to the Major Leagues and joined the Milwaukee Brewers last Friday in Minneapolis for an interleague series with the Minnesota Twins.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lucroy came up from Class AAA Nashville to replace Gregg Zaun, who went on the 15-day DL, on the Brewers' 40-man roster.

The 23-year-old Lucroy, considered Milwaukee's top catching prospect, was batting .311 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 31 games for the Brewers' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this season.

Lucroy was selected by the Brewers with the 101st pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Players' Draft.

He has made his ascension to the majors in three-plus seasons. He spent the 2007 season with Milwaukee's rookie level squad Helena Brewers. In 2008, Lucroy joined the Class A ranks and split time between the West Virigina Power and Brevard County Manatees. In 2009, he was called up to Class AA Huntsville where he played 125 games and logged 112 base hits while hitting .267.

He began the 2010 season in Hunstville before being promoted to Class AAA Nashville of the Pacific Coast League on April 20.

In just three seasons with the Ragin' Cajuns, Lucroy ranked in the Top 5 in eight career categories. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in his rookie campaign in 2005 and a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection (2005, 2007).

In 2007 he was named to the Baseball America All-America Team, was an ABCA All-American and All-South Central Region selection, earned First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors and was the Louisiana Hitter of the Year.

Lucroy ended his UL career fourth on the batting average list with a .356 clip and second all-time with 241 base hits. He also finished first in career doubles (54) and third in career homeruns (35). He still ranks as the Cajuns' career RBI leader (184) and total bases (414).

Lucroy is the first Ragin' Cajun who was a true position player coached by Tony Robichaux to reach the majors.


From UL Athletics:

Lucroy's Accolades
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2005)
All-Sun Belt Conference (2005, 2007)
Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team (2006)
Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll (2006)

2007: Named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference...One of just two players to start all 62 of the Cajuns games...Led the team with a .360 batting average...Recorded 95 hits on the season, the second highest single season total in Cajuns history...Of his 95 hits, he had 40 extra base hits, including 18 homeruns, 19 doubles and three triples...His 18 homeruns were the third most in school history for a single season...For the second consecutive year, he drove in 68 runs to lead the team...Set the Ragin’ Cajuns’ single season record with a 174 total bases on the year...Had 31 multiple hit games on the season, including a five-hit performance against South Alabama on March 11...Tied for first on the team with 13 multi-RBI games...Had five or more RBI in four games, the most by any Cajuns player...At the conclusion of his junior season, he ranked in the Cajuns’ top-5 in eight categories...Fourth on the UL career batting average list with a .356 average...Second all-time with 241 base hits...First in career doubles with 54...Third in career homeruns with 35...Cajuns’ career RBI leader with 184...First in school history with 414 total bases...Third all-time with a .612 career slugging percentage...Fourth all-time with 16 career sacrifice flies.

 

2006: Named to Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament Team...Caught for the nation’s 24th ranked pitching staff...Third on the team with a .333 batting average...Recorded 77 hits on the season with 36 extra-base hits – 12 homeruns, four triples, 20 doubles...Led team with 68 RBI, which ranked 44th in the NCAA...Second on the team with 50 runs scored... Paced the Cajuns with 12 homeruns, including two grand slams...Led the team with 20 doubles...Led UL with a .610 slugging percentage and 141 total bases...Led team with 26 multiple hit games and 20 multiple RBI games...Had a season high four hits in a 4-for-5 performance against South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament...Had a season high six RBI against Arkansas State in the SBC Tournament, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a grand slam...Tied for fourth in a single season with seven sacrifice flies.

2005: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American...Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference... Played in 54 games with 42 starts...Had a team leading .379 batting average...Recorded 69 hits in his freshman campaign, including 15 doubles and 5 homeruns...Registered 33 runs with 48 RBI...Drew 19 walks while striking out 17 times...Started 21-of-22 conference games he played in...Batted .356 against Sun Belt Conference pitching...Had 32 hits, including six doubles and two homeruns in SBC games...Drove in 18 runs and scored 15 runs in conference play.

High School: Was a four-year letterwinner for head coaches Don Semento and Terry Nuzum at Umatilla HS...Named honorable mention All-State as a freshman, second team All-Area as a sophomore and first team All-Area, second team All-Central Florida and first team All-State as a junior...Led Bulldogs with a .450 batting average and 10 home runs as a senior...Holds Umatilla HS record with 22 home runs.

Personal: Full name is Jonathan Charles Lucroy...Born on June 13, 1986, in Eustis, Fla....Son of Steven and Karen Lucroy...Has two younger brothers, Matthew and David...Majoring in Environmental Resources and Community Sustainability.


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