Daniel Ponce de Leon
Daniel Ponce de Leon
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Poncedeleon is Italian for swingman. The young righty has been a starter throughout his minor-league career, but the Cardinals used him both in the rotation and out of the bullpen over a small sample of 33 innings last season. His strikeout rate inexplicably soared in Triple-A last season despite the fact it was his second time in Memphis and he had not added a new pitch. He is an extreme flyball pitcher at the upper levels who has a full repertoire of pitches, but not one great pitch in the bunch. Poncedeleon is mostly a fastball/cutter guy these days as his other pitches are easier for hitters to pick up out of his hand. He is best known, so far, for taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning in his major-league debut, but overall made more trips between Memphis and St. Louis than he did starts for the big-league club. He is single-league material and back-end material at that. His stuff simply lacks life. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2014 that includes a $5,000 signing bonus.
Recalled from Memhpis
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 25, 2019
Ponce de Leon was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
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Ponce de Leon has made three starts for the Cardinals this season, allowing just two runs in 15 innings. He appears to be up as a reliever this time around.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-43%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .127 83 28 12 9 2 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .221 106 19 9 21 6 0 2
2019vs Left .071 18 10 4 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .143 39 6 4 5 1 0 1
2018vs Left .140 65 18 8 8 1 0 1
2018vs Right .267 67 13 5 16 5 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-64%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-90%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.33 1.07 27.0 0 2 0 10.0 3.0 1.0
Since 2017Away 0.86 1.05 21.0 0 0 1 7.3 5.1 0.0
2019Home 0.82 0.73 11.0 0 0 0 10.6 3.3 0.8
2019Away 2.25 1.50 4.0 0 0 0 6.8 9.0 0.0
2018Home 5.06 1.31 16.0 0 2 0 9.6 2.8 1.1
2018Away 0.53 0.94 17.0 0 0 1 7.4 4.2 0.0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Ponce de Leon compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 40 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
2.00
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
1.20
 
WHIP
0.93
 
BABIP
.160
 
GB/FB
1.31
 
Left On Base
95.2%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.0%
 
Spin Rate
2357 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.2%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Returned to minors
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 20, 2019
Ponce de Leon was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
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Fires six scoreless innings
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 19, 2019
Ponce de Leon allowed one walk and two hits while striking out six through six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Wednesday.
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Confirmed as Wednesday's starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 17, 2019
Ponce de Leon will start Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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Could make another start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 15, 2019
Ponce de Leon is a candidate to make another start Wednesday in place of Adam Wainwright (hamstring), Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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No-decision against Mets
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 14, 2019
Ponce de Leon allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks across four innings during a no-decision against the Mets on Friday.
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