Former South Kitsap pitcher Lucas Knowles is on the move, making the jump from Rookie Ball to Class A Short Season in the Washington Nationals major-league baseball organization.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefty was recently promoted to the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League.
Knowles has made one appearance for the Doubledays, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out three of the six batters he faced. He had previously made two relief appearances for the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team, tossing four scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Short Season A leagues begin in late June to accommodate recently drafted college-age players, and occasionally also feature advanced teenage prospects seeking more mature competition than is typically found in the other Class A leagues.
Knowles was selected in the 14th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft after spending his college career at the University of Washington and Central Arizona. Knowles helped Central Arizona to a JUCO national championship, going 9-2 with a 1.23 ERA and racking up 94 strikeouts in 80.1 innings.