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.
Makes NLDS roster
PSt. Louis Cardinals
October 3, 2019
Ponce de Leon is on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Braves.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old only made three appearances in September but will be available out of the bullpen for the NLDS. Ponce de Leon carries a 3.70 ERA with 52 strikeouts over 13 appearances (eight starts) in 2019.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
65
Last 10 Games
57
Last 5 Games
49
How many pitches does Daniel Ponce de Leon generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Daniel Ponce de Leon generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .153 148 47 22 19 4 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .246 187 36 17 41 9 0 7
2019vs Left .164 83 29 14 11 3 0 0
2019vs Right .234 120 23 12 25 4 0 6
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
 
 
-65%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-90%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.74 1.26 43.2 0 4 0 8.7 3.3 1.2
Since 2017Away 1.66 1.16 38.0 1 0 1 9.7 5.4 0.5
2019Home 4.55 1.23 27.2 0 2 0 8.1 3.6 1.3
2019Away 2.57 1.33 21.0 1 0 0 11.6 6.4 0.9
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 2019 data (min 120 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
1.1
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
3.70
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.260
 
GB/FB
1.23
 
Left On Base
76.5%
 
Exit Velocity
88.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.6%
 
Spin Rate
2383 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
28.7%
 
Swinging Strike
11.8%
 
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Frustrated with recent inactivity
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 29, 2019
Ponce de Leon, who's logged only one appearance since Sept. 7, has not seen more opportunities due to his designated long-relief role, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Everyone has a spot and his spot has not come up," said manager Mike Shildt.
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Moves to bullpen
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 8, 2019
Ponce de Leon struck out three and worked around a walk in a scoreless inning of relief In Saturday's 10-1 win.
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Takes loss in spot start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 1, 2019
Ponce de Leon (1-2) suffered the loss in the second game of a doubleheader against Cincinnati on Sunday, hurling four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out two.
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Called up for doubleheader start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 1, 2019
The Cardinals recalled Ponce de Leon ahead of his scheduled start in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.
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Start pushed to Sunday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 30, 2019
Ponce de Leon will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.
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