John Derren Lackey was born on October 23, 1978, in Abilene, Texas. He is a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim his entire career.
He is 6’ 6”, weighs 245 pounds, and bats and throws right.
High SchoolJohn played little league for the Dixie Little League in Abilene.
He attended Abilene High School (where he played for the Eagles), and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, he was a two-time first team All-District honoree and as a senior, he was also an All-State selection.
CollegeJohn attended the University of Texas at Arlington for one year. He played first base for the baseball team.
In 1999, John was drafted in the second round (68th overall) by the Anaheim Angels.
Minor LeaguesJohn made his way up through the Angels farm team, beginning with the rookie-level Boise Hawks.
In 1999, he went from A Cedar Rapids Kernels, high-A Lake Elsinore Storm, and AA Erie SeaWolves.
In 2000, he started at AA Arkansas before being promoted in July of that year to the AAA Salt Lake Bees.
Major LeaguesJohn was called up to the major leagues on June 24. He was soon optioned back to Salt Lake, but then was recalled to replace pitcher Al Levine on June 28.
On June 30, he replaced Scott Schoeneweis in the Angels’ rotation and gained his first victory against the cross-town rival Los Angeles Dodgers. He has been a starter ever since.