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Luke French | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Twins signed LHP Luke French to a minor league contract.
It's not clear whether he'll get an invite to spring training. French spent all of 2011 at Triple-A in the Mariners organization, posting an ugly 6.27 ERA over 26 starts. The 26-year-old will give the club some starter depth in the minors. Fri, Jan 27, 2012 10:28:00 AM

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Mariners sent LHP Luke French outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

French successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. The 25-year-old left-hander has a 6.12 ERA and 67/55 K/BB ratio over 23 starts at the Triple-A level this season.
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 03:09:00 PM

Mariners designated LHP Luke French for assignment.

French has posted a disappointing 6.12 ERA and 67/55 K/BB ratio in 23 starts at the Triple-A level this season. The 25-year-old should pass easily through waivers.
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 06:09:00 PM

LHP Luke French is a candidate to take Erik Bedard's place in the Mariners rotation.

As is RHP Blake Beavan. French has been dreadful for Triple-A Tacoma this season, posting a 6.25 and 1.73 WHIPthrough his first 15 starts and 85 innings.
Fri, Jul 1, 2011 08:04:00 PM

Mariners optioned LHP Luke French to Triple-A Tacoma.

French allowed 26 hits and 10 runs in 16 innings this spring and failed to lock up a spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. He will act as insurance down on the farm in case there's an injury in the bigs.
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 10:34:00 AM

Luke French had his typical day on Sunday against the Rangers, giving up nine hits and three runs in five innings.

He ends his spring with a 5.06 ERA in 25 innings. With the reemergence of Erik Bedard this spring, French could find himself on the outside looking in of Seattle's rotation.
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 05:44:00 PM

Luke French twirled three shutout innings Thursday against the White Sox.

The portsider gave up two hits, walked no one and struck out a pair. He also hit Gordon Beckham with a pitch but them promptly picked him off at first base. French is looking to win a spot at the back of the Mariners rotation after posting a 4.83 ERA in 16 games -- 13 starts -- last season. He had a 2.94 ERA last year in 17 starts at Triple-A.
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 05:04:00 PM

Luke French was tagged for a career-high eight runs over four innings in a loss to the Athletics.

French entered Friday's start with a 2.58 ERA over seven games (five starts) at home this season compared to a 5.56 ERA in eight games (seven starts) on the road. It's a small sample, however it tells us what we have always known. French is an extreme flyball pitcher, well suited for Safeco, but a potential disaster in most of the hitter-friendly parks of the American League. We don't see that changing.
Sat, Oct 2, 2010 12:44:00 AM

Luke French served up three home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Well, the Jays lead the league in slugging percentage and love to hit the big fly, so French isn't alone in this. But he also only struck out two in seven innings and isn't a strikeout pitcher. Giving up 17 flyballs to only four groundballs is another piece of this puzzle. He wouldn't survive outside of Safeco as a soft-tossing lefty flyballer, but maybe the Mariners can find a way to pitch him only at home.
Tue, Sep 21, 2010 10:03:00 PM

Luke French took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Indians Friday night and ended up with his fourth win of the year.

This is the second time in the last three weeks that French has made a no-hit bid. This time, it was broken up by a Shelly Duncan liner back up the middle. French was lifted after the seven one-hit innings and the bullpen made a one-run lead hold up. The extreme fly-ball pitcher is a good fit for Seattle, but he won't get the Indians every night. French remains a desperation play.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 12:34:00 AM

Luke French allowed just one run in seven innings to record a win against the Twins today.

The lone run came on a homer by Michael Cuddyer. French allowed just three other baserunners while striking out four. The lefty has put up a fair number of impressive outings in his young career, but consistency and a poor strikeout rate hold him back. He's a risky play even with the Indians due up next.
Sun, Aug 29, 2010 06:58:00 PM

Luke French tossed 7 2/3 shutout frames in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.

French didn't give up his first hit until a Josh Bell single with one out in the sixth. All told, he yielded just three hits while fanning three and walking three. The southpaw has an unlikely 4.02 ERA over eight games (five starts) this season, but keep in mind that he also has a mediocre 17/11 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings. Don't get too excited.
Tue, Aug 17, 2010 09:53:00 PM

Luke French picked up his first win of 2010 after holding the Royals to one run in eight innings Friday.

French allowed nine hits, but only Jason Kendall's double went for extra bases and he didn't walk anyone. He's worth trying in AL-only leagues, in large part because he's due to face the Indians and Orioles in his next two starts.
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 12:58:00 AM

Mariners recalled LHP Luke French from Triple-A Tacoma.

French will replace Ryan Rowland-Smith in the starting rotation. The 24-year-old southpaw has a 6.39 ERA over one start and three relief appearances with the M's this season and tallied a 5.21 ERA in 12 starts and three relief appearances between the Mariners and Tigers in 2009. He could be a temporary placeholder until top prospect Michael Pineda is ready for the big leagues.
Wed, Jul 28, 2010 03:01:00 PM

Mariners optioned LHP Luke French to Triple-A Tacoma.

French was called up less than 24 hours ago, but will head back to Tacoma to clear a spot on the Mariners' roster for newly-acquired slugger Justin Smoak. French, 24, has a 6.39 ERA in 12 2/3 big-league innings this year.
Sat, Jul 10, 2010 06:28:00 PM

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