Lugo began his career nicely with the Kingsport Mets in 2011 with a 3.66 ERA in 11 games pitched. Lugo missed the 2012 season with spondylolisthesis, which required spinal fusion surgery. In 2013, Lugo split time between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Savannah Sand Gnats where he had a 3.39 ERA in 66.1 innings. He was not dominating in the same way the other Mets pitching prospects were but he certainly was showing very good consistency.
Lugo’s time with St.Lucia:
With the St. Lucie Mets in 2014, he spent most of the year in the bullpen where he had a 4.11 ERA in 27 games with a nice 8-3 record. In 2015, Lugo moved up the ranks and spent time with the Binghamton Mets and Las Vegas 51s and was solid putting up a 3.84 ERA in 24 starts. Things went downhill in the minors but uphill for Lugo in when he arrived to the New York Mets in 2016.
Lugo’s 51s numbers were not impressive putting up 6.50 ERA in 21 games pitched but the Mets were consumed with injuries which game him a shot with the big league club. For July and half of August he was sent up and down multiple times but was recalled on August 12 for good. After Jon Niese and Gabriel Ynoa were unsuccessful as starters, Lugo earned his first MLB start on August 19 against the San Francisco Giants. He gave the Mets 6.2 innings and allowed three runs.
Lugo would go on to make eight starts, 17 games in total, and had a 2.67 ERA and never allowed more than three runs in a start. He hoped to have the same success in 2017 but was a victim to the injury bug and had a 4.71 ERA in 18 starts. Along with the rest of the Mets pitchers they hope to stay healthy in 2018.
Lugo is a very versatile option with his ability to start and pitch out of the bullpen and he has a great opportunity to make the 2018 rotation. So far this spring he has pitched five innings and only allowed one run. Mets fans have seen how good of a pitcher he can be and when healthy Mets fans can expect Lugo to be a reliable pitcher for the Mets this season.