Leroux is practically a new pitcher.
I can't say that I've been the biggest fan of Chris Leroux in the past. That's been obvious going back to the off-season, when I labeled him as a guy who would be expendable to create 40-man roster space, and that sentiment existed during the 2011 season. However, something has changed with the right handed reliever.
I understood the waiver claim the Pirates made to add Leroux last August. Any time there's a guy who can throw 96 MPH, and you can get him for free, you take a shot. In Leroux's case, he had the velocity, but very little control, with a 22:14 K/BB ratio in 22.2 innings in the majors last year. After being optioned to AAA this year, Leroux started off slow, with a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings in April, along with a 12:9 K/BB ratio. He ...
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