Donny Lucy And Sam Fuld Make Major League Debuts With Windy City Teams
Sept. 5, 2007
Detroit, Mich./Chicago, Ill. - Donny Lucy and Sam Fuld became the 77th and 78th former Stanford Baseball players to reach the Major Leagues when both made their Major League Baseball debuts with teams from Chicago on Wednesday with Lucy playing for the White Sox and Fuld getting into a contest with the Cubs.
Lucy started at catcher Wednesday in an 11-inning 2-1 White Sox road loss at Detroit. He was 1-for-2 in the contest, striking out in the top of the third inning before singling with two outs in the fifth frame for his first big league hit.
Lucy finished his three-year collegiate career (2002-04) at Stanford with a .298 batting average, 17 homers and 94 RBI, while also stealing 17 bases in 141 games and 115 starts. Lucy's collegiate career was highlighted by his All-Pac-10 junior season in 2004 when he was a national semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Lucy hit .313 with 12 homers and 47 RBI while playing in and starting 56 games behind the plate during the 2004 campaign.
Lucy will long be remembered at Stanford for hitting a walkoff homer to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning that clinched an outright Pac-10 title for the Cardinal in a 9-8 home victory over UCLA on May 18, 2003. He was also instrumental in a memorable 2002 Stanford victory in a Regional opener at Sunken Diamond. Lucy doubled to leadoff the bottom of the 13th before scoring the game-winning run later in the frame in a 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
Lucy was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round (59th selection overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Fuld played centerfield in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday for the Chicago Cubs in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He did not have a defensive chance or make a plate appearance.
Fuld had a huge collegiate career during his four-year run at Stanford (2001-04) with a .332 batting average, 16 homers, 149 RBI and 38 stolen bases. He broke the Pac-10 and school records in both runs scored (268) and at bats (1071), while finishing his career second in hits (356) on both lists. He also ranks second all-time at Stanford in games played (260), as well as tied for third in triples (16) and tied for sixth in doubles (58). Fuld earned All-American honors in each of his first two seasons (2001-02) and All-Pac-10 recognition in each of his first three campaigns (2001-03), while adding honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior (2004). He jumped right into the collegiate baseball scene with a .357 batting average as a rookie in 2001 and then broke the school's single-season record for hits with 110 in his sophomore campaign in 2002.
Fuld was also well known for his post-season exploits as a collegian. He broke the College World Series record for hits (24) and became the first Stanford player to ever be selected to the All-CWS team twice (2001, '02) during three consecutive CWS appearances (2001-03) in his first three seasons on The Farm.
Fuld was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 10th round (306th selection overall) of the 2004 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.