A top arm in the American Association, Trevor Lubking makes his way back to Gary for his third season as a RailCat. He emerged as the team’s workhorse in 2021 as he posted a 5-9 record, 117 strikeouts, and two complete games over 19 appearances, 18 starts, and 117.0 innings pitched. His eight-inning, 12 strikeout performance against the Sioux Falls Canaries on June 25th won him that week’s American Association Pitcher of the Week Award. 

The Tampa Bay Rays selected Lubking in the 14th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft out of Division III Pacific Lutheran University, where he dominated for four years. He immediately got assigned to the team’s Appalachian League affiliate, the Princeton Rays, and put up excellent numbers. In 12 appearances, including 10 starts, he went 2-4 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 43:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Lubking would one more season in affiliated baseball with the AZL Brewers in 2015 before elbow issues sidelined him for two years.  

In 2018, Lubking made his return to professional baseball as a member of the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League. He made seven appearances with the team before moving to the San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association, and his impressive 1.96 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 12 bullpen appearances led him to sign with the Lincoln Saltdogs, where he received his first taste of American Association baseball. 

Though the Saltdogs dealt him to the Sussex County Miners, of the Can-Am League at the time, that offseason, the RailCats traded for Lubking and brought him to the Steel ahead of the 2019 season. In his first experience as a starter since 2014, he flourished in the new role as he threw 139 innings over 24 starts and posted a 4.53 ERA, and 108 strikeouts.