24-year-old Jess G. Luzardo, a professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball, was born on September 30, 1997. He is 6 feet tall. He had previously been an Oakland Athletics player. He also claims to be Venezuelan.
He was selected by the Washington Nationals in the third round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, becoming the first player from Peru to be selected by an MLB team since at least 1990. He later became the first player of Peruvian descent to play in the top leagues.
The Nationals traded Luzardo, Sheldon Neuse, and Blake Treinen to the Oakland Athletics on July 16, 2017, for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. After joining Oakland, he played for the Arizona League Athletics and the Vermont Lake Monsters. In 12 total games between the Nationals, Athletics, and Lake Monsters, he posted a 2–1 record with a 1.66 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 43+1⁄3 innings.
Luzardo began the 2021 season in the A’s rotation but struggled to a 5.79 ERA over six starts before requiring time on the injured list, after accidentally slamming his throwing hand on a table while playing a video game, resulting in a fractured pinky. By the time he returned to the team on May 30, James Kaprielian had claimed his place in the rotation, and Luzardo was used out of the bullpen.
He began his tenure with four scoreless innings but allowed six home runs in his next five outings before being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on June 21. On July 28, 2021, the Athletics traded Luzardo to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Starling Marte and cash considerations.