EMMANUEL DE LEON
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
||Born: December 25, 1990
Height: 6′ 1″
Signed: Int. FA, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2007
How Acquired: Int. FA
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|De Leon signed for about $50,000. He throws hard, around 94 mph with a slider, but has had continuing control problems.
Saw limited action in his first DSL season.
Started regularly in his second DSL season. He fanned a lot of batters and opponents hit only .199 against him, but he struggled with his control.
De Leon made the GCL roster, but didn’t pitch until a July 10 start in which he lasted only a third of an inning. He returned in late August to make four appearances.
De Leon moved up to State College and served part of the time as closer. He made significant progress with his control, but his K rate dropped.
De Leon was eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2011 despite the fact that he’d thrown fewer than 90 innings as a pro, but wasn’t selected. He was throwing 94-96 in training camp and the Pirates assigned him to West Virginia, where he opened the season as the closer. Like most of the Power’s pitching staff, he struggled, mainly with his control. The Pirates sent him to State College for the start of the Spikes’ season and he continued to pitch largely the same, although his ERA was much lower. The Pirates sent him back to West Virginia at the beginning of August, then to Bradenton at the end of the month. He had two bad outings there before throwing three shutout innings in his last game of the season. At all three levels de Leon had very high K rates.
De Leon has a good arm, so the Pirates will no doubt keep trying with him in relief. Surprisingly, though, he opened 2013 in extended spring training. He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft again, with the same result.
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $50,000
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2013
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2011
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|2007: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent with a $50,000 bonus.|