Lucas Wepf – A Force Out of the Bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have experienced something special this year as an impressive collection of talent has made their way through their system, led by Canadian pitcher Lucas Wepf who has made himself known.
Wepf spent his 2022 season pitching at Louisiana-Monroe in 20 games as both starter and relief pitcher, tossing 36 innings while striking out 36 batters while only walking 24.
Early Life and Education
Edward Verrall Lucas (1868-1938) was an English humorist, essayist, biographer, poet and playwright. From 1904 he worked on staff as a writer for Punch Magazine; during that time he also published several short essays, verses and novels under various pen names; additionally Methuen and Co. in London provided him with reader services.
The 23-year-old from Georgetown, Ontario attended Christ the King Secondary School in Halton Hills and earned four varsity letters for both baseball and volleyball at Christ the King Secondary. Additionally, he enjoys golf, biking and hiking and comes from an extremely athletic family; ULM coaching was instrumental in his growth as an athlete.
Lucas Wepf has become one of the Los Angeles Dodgers Low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ key bullpen figures in California League hurling, thanks to an outstanding command that enhances his arsenal beyond expectations.
This 22-year-old pitcher has already proven his skills on both Pratt Community College and ULM fields, where he made 22 relief appearances over three seasons at each institution.
His time in the bullpen has reaped the rewards of some organizational decisions that are beginning to bear fruit. Wepf boasts an outstanding strikeout per inning ratio and rarely walks anyone – these are numbers that put a pitcher’s name out there and currently, Wepf stands second in California League in K/BB ratio.
Lucas Wepf stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 215 pounds, and would likely struggle to fit through standard-sized doors at Christ the King Secondary School in Georgetown, Ontario. Wepf’s large frame makes him an intimidating presence on the field that commands attention.
After transferring from Pratt Community College, Wepf was employed by Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks for three seasons as a relief pitcher and two starts before graduating as a senior with 22 appearances and two starts – usually as a reliever – in 2022, for which he amassed two wins with an overall record of 2-5 and 6.00 ERA while striking out 36 batters over 36 innings pitched.
Wepf was signed as an undrafted free agent last August by the Dodgers, and he quickly emerged as one of their top prospects – potentially fast tracking him into MLB sooner rather than later.
Lucas is an active investor and board member of several companies, having served on SIRVA since 2008 and Pepperdine University since 2014. She currently chairs BioMass Capital as well as having previously co-chaired Sun Chemical and Kodak Polychrome.
Wepf was an impressive pitcher during college, posting a 4.88 ERA and striking out 74 batters over 72 innings pitched. Since joining the minor leagues last season he has proven reliable but will likely not make much of an impactful statement with regards to major league performances this year.
His estimated net worth stands at $393 thousand as of 5 February 2018; he owns 195 units of GWW stock, having made one trade over the past year. Additionally, he serves as an independent director at W.W. Grainger.