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Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

Leroux Using Offseason Success to Fuel Him for 2012

DUNEDIN -- Right-hander Chris Leroux had a very successful offseason pitching for the Toros del Este in the Dominican League. Having altered his arm slot and adding a new pitch during the 2011 season, Leroux saw even better results pitching for the Toros.

Leroux, who will try to break camp with the Pirates this spring, went down to the Dominican to focus on throwing inside and using his changeup.

"I did that, and it went really well," Leroux said.

Used in the bullpen for the Pirates last season, Leroux was given the opportunity to start with the Toros. Not since 2006 when Leroux was a member of the Florida Marlins organization, had he started in a professional game. But despite what others thought, Leroux knew he could become a starter again.

Over four starts in winter ball, Leroux went 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA. He allowed just three earned runs over 20.2 innings with four walks and 18 strikeouts.

"It was fun," Leroux said. "Obviously, playing for [Manager] Dean [Treanor] was...

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