Dominic Leone
Dominic Leone
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Where did that come from? After a dismal season with the Diamondbacks in 2016 (6.26 FIP), Leone transformed into a back-end relief stud in his first season with the Blue Jays. He gained a tick of velocity on his fastball and upped his cutter usage nearly seven percentage points to 36.0 percent, at the expense of his slider. The right-hander in turn upped his strikeout percentage from 17.6 to 29.0 percent and improved his K/BB from 1.92 to 3.52. His walk rate figures to slide back again given his track record (3.5 BB/9 for career), and his .266 BABIP is ripe for correction, but if Leone can keep the strikeouts, he could eventually challenge for saves following an offseason trade that sent him to St. Louis. He has appeal in holds leagues right out of the gates in 2018 as well as some appeal in deeper standard-scoring formats over less skilled starting pitchers, even when factoring in ratio regression. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $1.085 million deal with the Blue Jays in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Perfect in two outings since return
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August 30, 2018
Leone has fired two perfect innings across two appearances since returning from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 26.
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The right-hander missed nearly four months with nerve damage in his right biceps, but he built his strength back up with 10 rehab appearances for Triple-A Memphis. The extra conditioning time seems to have worked like a charm, as Leone has mowed through the Rockies (Sunday) and Pirates (Wednesday) during his pair of outings on just 20 pitches overall. The 26-year-old should progressively see more work during September as a valued later-inning option for manager Mike Shildt.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .275 195 50 22 47 9 1 8
Since 2016vs Right .265 312 77 20 75 17 2 8
2018vs Left .341 49 11 4 15 0 0 2
2018vs Right .262 48 12 3 11 1 0 1
2017vs Left .183 92 28 9 15 4 1 3
2017vs Right .211 187 53 14 36 12 2 3
2016vs Left .378 54 11 9 17 5 0 3
2016vs Right .400 77 12 3 28 4 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-19%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-55%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.48 1.43 64.1 3 2 1 9.1 2.9 1.4
Since 2016Away 3.13 1.32 54.2 1 1 0 10.2 3.5 1.0
2018Home 5.11 1.62 12.1 1 1 0 10.2 2.9 0.7
2018Away 4.82 1.39 9.1 0 1 0 8.7 2.9 1.9
2017Home 2.79 0.98 38.2 2 0 1 9.5 2.1 0.9
2017Away 2.27 1.14 31.2 1 0 0 11.4 4.0 0.6
2016Home 8.78 2.55 13.1 0 1 0 6.8 5.4 3.4
2016Away 3.95 1.68 13.2 0 0 0 8.6 2.6 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Dominic Leone compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
3.13
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
4.76
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.371
 
GB/FB
0.96
 
Strand %
71.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
Leone bounced between Triple-A Reno and the majors last season, and he posted ugly numbers when he was with the Diamondbacks. He is only entering his age-25 season and has a solid four-pitch mix as a reliever, so he could develop into a quality big league reliever. In 2014 with Seattle, Leone looked promising while striking out 70 across 66.1 innings. He has failed to maintain that level of success in the two seasons since his debut, but Leone continues to intrigue big league teams seeking a young reliever with growth potential. Claimed off waivers by the Jays in November, Leone will be in the mix for a bullpen job during spring training, competing as a dark horse to replace Brett Cecil.
Leone was a nice addition to the Mariners' bullpen last season after his callup in early April. The hard-throwing right-hander mixed as many as four pitches, averaging 94.6 mph on his fastball. He led the bullpen in ERA, though his FIP was nearly a run higher (3.07). Leone had a strong strikeout rate, and excluding his intentional walks drops his walk rate to 3.0 BB/9. He'll be back again this season to pitch in middle relief.
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Returns from 60-day DL
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 26, 2018
Leone (biceps) was activated off the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
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Grabs win in rehab appearance
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Biceps
August 10, 2018
Leone (biceps) was credited with the victory in Triple-A Memphis' win over Oklahoma City on Thursday, firing a scoreless inning in which he allowed a hit.
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Solid second rehab appearance
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Biceps
August 5, 2018
Leone (biceps) fired a scoreless sixth inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Fresno on Saturday, allowing a hit and a walk over 19 pitches.
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Succesful in first rehab outing
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Biceps
August 1, 2018
Leone (biceps) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts.
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Rehab assignment set
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Biceps
July 31, 2018
Leone (biceps) will head out on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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