Jose Leclerc
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Thanks to his poor finish to the 2017 campaign, Leclerc spent the first month of the 2018 season shuttling between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors. The right-hander ultimately emerged as one of the Rangers' primary setup men in May following a stretch of seven scoreless appearances, and his continued success earned him the closer's role after Keone Kela was dealt to Pittsburgh at the end of July. Leclerc was dominant after taking over in the ninth inning, converting all 12 of his save chances while notching a 29:6 K:BB across 18 scoreless innings. His improved control was key to his breakout season, as he dropped his walk rate to 3.9 BB/9 after posting a 7.9 BB/9 over his first two seasons. Leclerc figures to reprise his role as closer to begin 2019, and while his save chances may be limited on a rebuilding team, the 24-year-old should still provide value with his impressive ratios (1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13.3 K/9 in 2018). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Rangers in March of 2019. Contract includes $6 million team option ($750,000 buyout) for 2023 and $6.25 million team option ($750,000 buyout) for 2024.
Blows save Tuesday
PTexas Rangers
August 21, 2019
Leclerc was charged with his fourth blown save in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Angels in the second game of a doubleheader. He gave up a solo home run and struck out two in his lone inning of work.
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Leclerc failed to protect a 2-1 lead entering the top of the ninth, retiring the first hitter he faced before Brian Goodwin took him deep for the game-tying run. The right-hander was at least able to bounce back well and put away the next two hitters, so his standing as the Rangers' closer shouldn't change as a result of the outing. Leclerc had converted each of his prior three save chances in August but has issued six walks in seven innings on the month.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-36%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .192 265 75 35 43 14 2 5
Since 2017vs Right .134 394 150 61 43 10 1 6
2019vs Left .244 103 31 12 22 7 1 3
2019vs Right .157 133 49 19 17 4 1 3
2018vs Left .114 86 28 13 8 3 1 0
2018vs Right .132 137 57 12 16 5 0 1
2017vs Left .203 76 16 10 13 4 0 2
2017vs Right .108 124 44 30 10 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-85%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.45 1.02 86.0 4 4 13 12.2 4.3 0.7
Since 2017Away 2.88 1.31 72.0 2 5 9 13.5 6.9 0.5
2019Home 4.20 1.03 30.0 2 1 6 12.0 3.9 1.2
2019Away 4.38 1.58 24.2 0 2 2 14.6 6.6 0.7
2018Home 2.48 0.80 32.2 2 2 7 12.7 2.8 0.3
2018Away 0.36 0.92 25.0 0 1 5 14.0 5.4 0.0
2017Home 3.86 1.33 23.1 0 1 0 12.0 6.9 0.8
2017Away 4.03 1.43 22.1 2 2 2 11.7 8.9 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Jose Leclerc 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 this season's data (min 20 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
2.58
 
K/9
13.2
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
96.7 mph
 
ERA
4.28
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.308
 
GB/FB
0.93
 
Left On Base
69.8%
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.6%
 
Spin Rate
2591 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Midway through his rookie season, the 24-year-old Leclerc appeared as though he might be the best reliever in the Texas bullpen and seemed primed to get a look as closer after Matt Bush was pulled from the role in late June. Alas, Alex Claudio ultimately captured closing duties, while Leclerc's second-half implosion effectively resulted in manager Jeff Banister dropping him from the setup ranks. Finding the strike zone was the foremost problem for Leclerc, who finished with a 20:24 K:BB in 19.1 innings after the break. An 11.8 K/9 rate and .146 batting average against speaks to the upside Leclerc possesses when he's able to throw strikes, but he may be in need of some mechanical adjustments, considering his issues with walking batters were also prevalent throughout his minor-league career. Until Leclerc demonstrates significant improvement with his control, the Rangers aren't likely to trust him as a key cog of the bridge to the ninth inning.
Leclerc continues to climb up the Rangers' prospect ranks thanks to another strong showing in the minor leagues. He began the season with Double-A Frisco, but his 10.96 K/9 n 23 innings earned him a promotion to the Triple-A ranks. The 23-year-old continued fanning batters during his time at Round Rock, as he held a 10.5 K/9 and an ERA 80 points better than at his previous stop. All of this culminated in a September call-up, when he held his own with one strikeout per inning. Not everything was perfect for the right-hander, however. His control still leaves much to be desired, shown by his 51 walks across the three levels. His 0.65 GB/FB with Texas also doesn't read well for a pitcher who will eventually pitch in one of the most hitter-friendly environments in the American League. Of course, Leclerc should be afforded the opportunity to compete for a major league roster spot out of spring training, although he will likely be given additional time at Triple-A to begin the season with the goal of improving his command.
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Nails down eighth save
PTexas Rangers
August 11, 2019
Leclerc struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save over Milwaukee on Sunday.
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Keeping closer job
PTexas Rangers
August 6, 2019
Leclerc has pitched his way back into the closer role and will keep the job even after Shawn Kelley returns from his biceps injury, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Grabs seventh save
PTexas Rangers
August 5, 2019
Leclerc gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his seventh save of the season in a 1-0 win over Cleveland.
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Escapes with sixth save
PTexas Rangers
August 3, 2019
Leclerc gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning Friday to record his sixth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Tigers.
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Could move into closer role
PTexas Rangers
July 31, 2019
Leclerc could become the Rangers' closer after the team traded Chris Martin (back) to the Braves on Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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