The 2021 MLB season is underway and Rice baseball alums are busy on the mound and at the plate. Here’s the latest from the MLB Owls from this week.
Jon Duplantier was active with the Arizona Diamondbacks this spring, making two spring training appearances as he works to recover from an elbow injury that limited him last season. He’s currently with the D-Backs Triple-A affiliated in Reno
Here are updates on the four former Rice baseball alums currently active.
Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
Rendon picked up where he left off last season, continuing to hit the baseball at a high rate. He’s had at least one hit in seven of his first eight games this season, including his first home run of the season in a road loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday, April 10. He entered Sunday with a six-game hitting streak.
Through April 10, Rendon is hitting .290 with one extra-base hits, five walks and seven strikeouts. His OPS is .765.
Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins
Duffey has been solid out of the pen for the Twins so far this season. He’s made four appearances and has yet to allow a run. He did not allow a hit in either of his two most recent outings. The Twins have lost three of the four games he’s appeared in even though Duffey has yet to pitch when the team was trailing this season.
Through April 10, Duffey has a 0.00 ERA with a 1.636 WHIP. He’s averaging 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Brock Holt – Texas Rangers
A longtime member of the Red Sox, Holt has been on the move since leaving Boston following the 2020 season. After signing with the Milwaukee Brewers and then the Washington Nationals last year, he inked a deal with the Texas Rangers for the 2021 season. Holt appeared in four games with the Rangers this year before a hamstring strain landed him on the 10-day injured list.
Through April 10, Holt has three hits in 12 at bats, good for a .250 average. He’s walked five times, struck out twice and collected two RBI.
Lucas Luetege – New York Yankees
One of the more encouraging stories to follow over the last few months was the rise of former Rice hurler Lucas Luetge who broke into the Opening Day bullpen with the Yankees after a five-year hiatus from the big leagues.
Luetege was all smiles when his manager delivered the news. Next he assured the fans the moment would not be too big for him. “I’ve been doing this for a while. I’ve been successful,” he said. I’ve just had a little time off between the big leagues.” He’s already appeared in three games sporting the pin stripes so far this spring.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 3, 2021
Through April 10, Luetge has a 7.20 ERA with a 1.400 WHIP. He’s averaging 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.