Jose De Leon
Jose De Leon
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired from the Rays in November 2019, De Leon spent most of last season at the Reds' alternate training site, making only five appearances and getting shelled in two of them. The 28-year-old was flashing some improved heat, averaging 95.1 mph with his fastball, but he didn't have enough command of it to be effective in his limited opportunities. At one time, De Leon was viewed as a top pitching prospect with an electric changeup, but injuries over the last few years derailed his development. If he can pair his new-found velocity with some control, he could still emerge as a useful arm for a Cincinnati team that could be looking to replace a lot of innings in the near future if Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo follow Trevor Bauer out the door. Until he offers even a glimmer of hope that he'll be able to put it all together though, De Leon is just another arm fighting for a low-leverage spot in the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#595
ADP
$Traded to the Reds in November of 2019.
Sent down Wednesday
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
May 5, 2021
De Leon was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
De Leon had allowed at least two runs in each of his last three relief outings, and he has an 8.35 ERA and 1.80 ERA in 18.1 innings to begin the season. The right-hander lost out on his rotation spot in early April when Sonny Gray returned to action, and he's now off the big-league roster altogether for the time being. De Leon will attempt to sort things out in the minors after left-hander Cionel Perez was recalled Wednesday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
39
Last 10 Games
39
Last 5 Games
29
How many pitches does Jose De Leon generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .264 70 19 17 14 2 0 4
Since 2019vs Right .270 77 31 8 17 3 0 1
2021vs Left .294 43 13 9 10 2 0 3
2021vs Right .286 48 20 2 12 3 0 1
2020vs Left .250 18 3 6 3 0 0 1
2020vs Right .250 17 7 5 3 0 0 0
2019vs Left .143 9 3 2 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .222 12 4 1 2 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 8.56 1.83 13.2 0 0 0 16.5 8.6 2.0
Since 2019Away 10.43 2.11 14.2 1 1 0 15.3 7.4 1.2
2021Home 7.15 1.59 11.1 0 0 0 15.9 5.6 1.6
2021Away 10.29 2.14 7.0 0 1 0 16.7 5.1 2.6
2020Home 15.43 3.00 2.1 0 0 0 19.3 23.1 3.9
2020Away 19.64 2.73 3.2 0 0 0 12.3 12.3 0.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 2.25 1.50 4.0 1 0 0 15.8 6.8 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Jose De Leon 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
16.2
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
2.0
 
Fastball
93.1 mph
 
ERA
8.35
 
WHIP
1.80
 
BABIP
.490
 
GB/FB
0.94
 
Left On Base
58.4%
 
Exit Velocity
79.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
2052 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.4%
 
Swinging Strike
15.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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De Leon appeared to stand a chance to open the season in the Rays' rotation before he was shut down for Tommy John surgery in mid-March. With a normal recovery, De Leon should be available relatively early on this season. He has a promising changeup but the torn UCL was hardly his only recent injury -- a variety of issues have conspired to limit him to just 144.1 innings over the last three years and tarnish most of his prospect shine. In 19.2 innings at the major-league level, he's allowed 20 runs (15 earned) with a 17:10 K:BB. Being with the Rays helps keep him interesting, as the team uses pitchers in a variety of creative roles. A role as one of the team's "bulk guys" could give him deep-league value, but he'll have to pitch much better than he's done so far to earn that spot.
A lat strain and forearm tightness limited De Leon to 41 innings last season, with most of those coming in rehab appearances at the lower levels. There were warning signs heading into last year that De Leon was significantly overrated in some circles, and his inability to stay healthy collaborated with poor results on the mound to fully wreck his prospect stock. His season ended on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis, and it's unclear how healthy his arm will be when camp opens. If healthy, he will begin the year in the Triple-A rotation, and the onus will be on him to earn a callup. However, the Rays may opt to deploy him in relief initially if he gets the call, as they have plenty of rotation depth. For a pitcher who has already reached the majors, the risk is very high, and the realistic upside is that he turns into a No. 4 starter. He can be cut loose in most keeper and dynasty formats.
He has been a household name in prospect circles for a while now, but the hype that followed De Leon to the big leagues last season was probably more than his talent warranted. Sure, he has a plus changeup -- a pitch that can be a true difference maker -- and a solid slider that can work well as his third pitch. He also has decent size (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and potentially plus command. However, his low-90s fastball is quite hittable, and given the fact that he is already 24 and his body has likely finished maturing, he does not project to add velocity. If the fastball is a 55 and not a 60 or better, then he is a No. 3 starter, at best, and possibly just a No. 4 starter if he cannot paint with that offering. After a trade sent him to the Rays over the offseason, the path to the big leagues became much clearer for the top prospect. De Leon should compete for the fifth rotation spot during spring training, but don't be surprised if he heads back to Triple-A to begin the year. Either way, he will undoubtedly find his way into the rotation at some point relatively early on.
De Leon made huge strides in the Dodgers' system last year and now ranks towards the top of the team's top-10 prospects list. The breakout really began in 2014, when in 22.2 innings at the end of the year pitching for Low-A Great Lakes, De Leon posted a ridiculous 42:2 K:BB. This year combined between High-A and Double-A, De Leon tossed 114.1 innings of 2.99 ERA ball that included a 12.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. He features a fastball that reportedly sits in the 91-94 range, a slider, and a change that may be his second best pitch. De Leon dealt with a sore back in July, but it didn't sideline him long and doesn't appear to be a concern moving forward. He'll probably open 2016 back in Double-A, but all signs point to a 2016 big league debut. He and Julio Urias should be a nice tandem for the Dodgers in future seasons.
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Moving to bullpen
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 14, 2021
De Leon will pitch out of the bullpen going forward, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Shelled in loss
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 11, 2021
De Leon (0-1) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
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Could be bumped from rotation
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 10, 2021
De Leon will start Sunday against the Diamondbacks, but he is at risk of getting bumped to the bullpen with Sonny Gray returning next week, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Strikes out nine in no-decision
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
April 5, 2021
De Leon allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over five innings in Monday's win over the Pirates. He struck out nine batters but did not factor in the decision.
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To serve as spot starter
PCincinnati Reds  AAA
March 27, 2021
De Leon is expected to be in the Reds' Opening Day rotation, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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