Jack Leiter

23-Year-Old PitcherP
Texas Rangers AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
If Leiter had a different last name and draft pedigree, he would be a free agent in many dynasty leagues. He wasn't bad at everything, but he also wasn't good at anything in his 92.2-inning pro debut at Double-A. His 10.6 K/9 ranked 26th among Double-A pitchers with 70-plus innings, but it was an elevated mark because he was walking so many batters (5.4 BB/9), and therefore getting more opportunities per inning to strike hitters out. In a more useful statistic (K%), Leiter ranked 43rd among that same subset, and his 13.2 BB% was the 13th-worst mark among Double-A starters. There isn't a single stretch in Leiter's season where we can cherry-pick a run of success, and he was supposed to be an advanced starter who could move quickly through the minors. Given his pedigree, Leiter will be given more opportunities to succeed than the average minor-leaguer, but any positivity going forward is just a call-back to his impressive college resume at Vanderbilt. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $7.92 million contract with the Rangers in July of 2021.
Walks four Tuesday
PTexas Rangers  AA
June 7, 2023
Leiter allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out seven over four innings for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.
Leiter's coming off the best month of his career, having posted a 1.67 ERA over five starts during the month of May. The right-hander walked two or fewer in four of those starts. However, as seen Tuesday and in one May start in which he walked seven, the free pass remains an issue. Leiter has walked 5.6 batters per nine innings for the season.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
As with many college pitchers, Leiter did not pitch after getting drafted second-overall by the Rangers and signing for the richest bonus ($7.922 million) in the class. Well-known for his bloodlines (father Al pitched in the majors for 19 years) and dominance at Vanderbilt, Leiter could be the first starting pitcher from this class to reach the majors. Statistically, none of his peers can touch him. The draft-eligible sophomore had a 2.13 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 179:45 K:BB in 110 innings (18 starts). He had a 15-strikeout game during the College World Series, which is the second-most strikeouts of all time from an SEC pitcher in a CWS game. It all starts with his 70-grade fastball, which sits in the low-to-mid-90s but plays well above that velocity thanks to excellent rising action and maximum extension from a 6-foot-1 frame. He throws a curveball, slider and changeup, but none of his offspeed pitches project to be in the same class as his fastball, which limits his realistic upside. Pitchability and competitiveness are strong traits for Leiter, so he is a decent bet to get the most out of his tools, but there is not much projection remaining. He is the rare pitching prospect who could require fewer than 20 starts in the minors before making his big-league debut.
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Making next start
PTexas Rangers  AA
May 30, 2023
Leiter (foot) will make his next scheduled start with Double-A Frisco, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Scratched from Sunday's start
PTexas Rangers  AA
May 28, 2023
Leiter was scratched from Sunday's start at Double-A Frisco due to foot soreness, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.
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Posts first win
PTexas Rangers  AA
May 8, 2023
Leiter allowed three hits, two walks and hit a batter while striking out seven over six scoreless innings to pick up his first win in 2023 for Double-A Frisco on Friday.
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Repeating Double-A level
PTexas Rangers  AA
March 29, 2023
Leiter will begin the 2023 season with Double-A Frisco, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Throws scoreless inning
PTexas Rangers  AA
March 1, 2023
Leiter hit a batter and struck out one over a scoreless sixth inning in Tuesday's spring game against Colorado.
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