CHRISTOPHER DE LEON, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 2, 1992
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2009, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
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.
De Leon made six starts in his debut season. He didn’t allow many hits, but had poor walk and K rates.
De Leon continued to allow very few hits and greatly improved both his walk and K rates.
The Pirates moved De Leon primarily to the bullpen. He posted an outstanding K rate, but the control problems returned.
De Leon pitched entirely in relief. He continued to walk and strike out a lot of batters.
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 spent the season in the Bristol bullpen. He put up some very impressive numbers, with a high K rate and an opponents’ OPS of .581. On the down side, he had trouble throwing strikes and was more experienced than many of the players at that level.
De Leon is eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the second time, although it’s very unlikely he’ll be added to the roster or selected. For a sixth-year pro, he hasn’t gotten very far yet. He could appear with either West Virginia team in 2016.
|2016: Minor League Contract|
|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
|November 10, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.