Daniel Ponce de Leon
Daniel Ponce de Leon
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ponce de Leon's second major-league campaign was much like his first as he bounced between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis throughout the year and logged time as both a starter and reliever. However, his results last season were less encouraging than in 2018 as his FIP (4.41) increased by over a run and his walk rate (12.8%) went up by three ticks. Not everything was a regression for Ponce de Leon, however, as he continued an upward trend in his strikeout rate, registering a 25.6 K% in 2019 after posting a 23.5% mark the previous year. Ponce de Leon also continued to dominate with his four-seam fastball, holding hitters to a .188 BAA and registering a 29.2 K% on the pitch. The Cardinals don't appear to have an open spot in the rotation for Ponce de Leon in 2020, and he was more effective as a reliever in 2019. He should start the season in the bullpen but could be first in line if a starting spot opens up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2014 that includes a $5,000 signing bonus.
Cardinals-Cubs postponed Friday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 7, 2020
Ponce de Leon won't start as scheduled Friday against the Cubs since the game was postponed following more positive COVID-19 test results from the Cardinals, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.
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The Cardinals were set to resume their season Friday after their past two series were postponed following the team's COVID-19 outbreak last week, but it appears they aren't out of the woods yet and produced another positive test result. It remains unclear what this means for the rest of the series against the Cubs, but it's a troublesome development with the Cardinals already out of action since July 29.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
44
Last 10 Games
44
Last 5 Games
44
How many pitches does Daniel Ponce de Leon generally throw?
 
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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 2018
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .153 159 51 25 20 4 0 2
Since 2018vs Right .241 194 40 17 42 10 0 7
2020vs Left .143 11 4 3 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .143 7 4 0 1 1 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-90%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.70 1.25 44.0 0 4 0 8.6 3.3 1.2
Since 2018Away 2.16 1.18 41.2 1 1 1 10.6 5.6 0.6
2020Home 0.00 0.00 .333333 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 7.36 1.36 3.2 0 1 0 19.6 7.4 2.5
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
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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
2.67
 
K/9
18.0
 
BB/9
6.8
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
93.7 mph
 
ERA
6.75
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.234
 
GB/FB
0.33
 
Left On Base
55.6%
 
Exit Velocity
77.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2481 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
15.8%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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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.
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Announced as Friday's starter
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 6, 2020
Ponce de Leon will start Friday's game against the Cubs, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Mixed bag in first start
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 29, 2020
Ponce de Leon (0-1) took the loss against Minnesota on Wednesday, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight in 3.2 innings.
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Slated to start Wednesday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 28, 2020
Ponce de Leon will start Wednesday's game against the Twins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Dealt with spasm
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 21, 2020
Ponce de Leon felt what was described as a slight spasm in his neck/shoulder area while pitching in Sunday's intrasquad game, but he remained in the contest and the issue isn't expected to limit him moving forward, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Ready for any role
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 4, 2020
Ponce de Leon, who threw live batting practice during Saturday's summer camp workout, could be used as either a reserve starter or long reliever in the early portion of the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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