CHRISTOPHER DE LEON
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 2, 1992
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 158
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2009, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

De Leon is a small RHP who’s spent the maximum four years in the DSL.  He’s mostly had good numbers, including some high K rates, but has also had control problems.  The fact that the Pirates let him stay so long in the DSL probably shows they don’t think he has a high ceiling.

2010
DSL:  0-1-0, 2.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 4.6 K/9

De Leon made six starts in his debut season.  He didn’t allow many hits, but had poor walk and K rates.

2011
DSL:  4-4-1, 2.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 48.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 7.1 K/9

De Leon continued to allow very few hits and greatly improved both his walk and K rates.

2012
DSL:  1-1-2, 2.74 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 46.0 IP, 5.5 BB/9, 10.0 K/9

The Pirates moved De Leon primarily to the bullpen.  He posted an outstanding K rate, but the control problems returned.

2013
DSL:  2-3-4, 3.62 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 27.1 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 10.5 K/9

De Leon pitched entirely in relief.  He continued to walk and strike out a lot of batters.

2014
R:  0-1-1, 2.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
R+:  1-0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 8.0 IP, 7.9 BB/9, 6.8 K/9

The Pirates brought De Leon to camp rather than release him.  They sent him initially to the GCL, where he pitched well out of the bullpen.  In August, they moved him up to Bristol, where he struggled with his control.

De Leon is already eligible for the Rule 5 draft and isn’t moving rapidly.  If he comes back, it’ll be to use up bullpen innings at Bristol or Morgantown.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
November 10, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.