FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University right-handed pitcher Kyle Lucas signed a minor league free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds this past weekend.
Lucas, 22, reported to the Reds’ rookie affiliate in Billings, Mont. The Billings Mustangs are members of the north division of the Pioneer League.
He was signed by Steve Kring, the Reds’ South Atlantic Region scouting supervisor.
Lucas becomes the third member of the 2002 FMU squad to sign a professional contract. Left-handed pitcher Hal Chafey was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and middle infielder Mark Ford signed a minor league free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.
A native of Lancaster, Lucas posted a 5-5 mark this past season with a 4.44 earned run average. The 6-5, 205-pound righty started 13 contests, recorded three complete games, and struck out 81 batters in 79 innings while walking only 32.
In three seasons at FMU, he compiled a 12-12 record with a 4.30 ERA. He appeared in 35 games, recorded nine complete games and three shutouts, and struck out 184 batters in 203 innings pitched. In a 2001 contest against Virginia State University, he fanned 16 batters, one shy of the Patriot single-game record.
Lucas attended North Greenville College for one season prior to transferring to Francis Marion.