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Daniel Ponce de Leon

Daniel Ponce de Leon

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 200 | Age: 27
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 9, #285, St. Louis Cardinals) - La Mirada (CA) HS
La Mirada, CA USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 2.00 2 2 0 9.0 10 1.22
2 Seasons 0 2 2.57 13 6 1 42.0 41 1.14
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0-0 2.00 9.0 10 1.22
2 Seasons 13 0-2 2.57 42.0 41 1.14

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 STL NL 132 0 2 2.73 11 4 1 33.0 24 10 10 2 13 31 1.12
2019 STL NL 37 0 0 2.00 2 2 0 9.0 4 2 2 1 7 10 1.22
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 45 | Cutter: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

The Cardinals took Poncedeleon in the ninth round of the 2014 Draft after his senior year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an NAIA school in Florida. He had already reached Triple-A in 2017 and was making his sixth career start at the level when he took a line drive off of his head and required emergency surgery to stop the bleeding in his brain. After a long layoff that included an extensive rehab process, Poncedeleon was cleared to return for Spring Training in 2018 and opened the season back in Triple-A. His success in the Pacific Coast League earned him his first callup to St. Louis at age 26 in July, and Poncedeleon tied a bow on his miraculous comeback story by tossing seven no-hit innings against the Reds in his big league debut.

Poncedeleon's continued success throughout his career is a testimony to his stuff. He's consistently around the zone with a sinking fastball that touches the mid-90s and sits at 93-94 mph, while his above-average 90-91 mph cutter and average changeup are weapons for him against right- and left-handed hitters, respectively. He also has an upper-70s curveball at his disposal, but it's a below-average pitch, and he seldom threw it in the big leagues.

After his tremendous debut in July, Poncedeleon went on to toss 33 innings for the Cardinals, posting a 2.73 ERA across 11 outings (four starts). While he's been a very capable starter in his career, Poncedeleon may offer the most value in the same type of swingman role he thrived in last year.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 581 87 5 5.7 85.7 16.9 .238 .384 .268 .309 .357 26.4 23.5 9.8
2019 161 20 1 5.0 89.3 14.8 .185 .284 .245 .281 .298 31.6 27.0 18.9
ALL 742 107 6 5.6 86.4 16.5 .227 .364 .263 .303 .346 27.4 24.3 11.8
MLB 35480 6.3 87.4 11.0 .251 .409 .317 .318 .370 34.3 21.5 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/09/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon from Memphis Redbirds.
04/24/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to Memphis Redbirds.
04/23/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Daniel Ponce de Leon from Memphis Redbirds.
03/20/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to Memphis Redbirds.
09/01/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Daniel Ponce de Leon from Memphis Redbirds.
08/22/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to Memphis Redbirds.
07/27/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis Redbirds.
07/24/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to Memphis Redbirds.
07/23/2018 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis Redbirds.
06/14/2018 St. Louis Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to Memphis Redbirds.
06/11/2018 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis Redbirds.
02/07/2018 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to spring training.
09/26/2017 Memphis Redbirds activated RHP Daniel Poncedeleon from the 7-day disabled list.
05/11/2017 Memphis Redbirds placed RHP Daniel Poncedeleon on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, 2017.
04/10/2017 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
02/16/2017 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to spring training.
04/06/2016 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
01/20/2016 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to spring training.
09/18/2015 Palm Beach Cardinals activated RHP Daniel Poncedeleon from the 7-day disabled list.
08/17/2015 Palm Beach Cardinals placed RHP Daniel Poncedeleon on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 15, 2015.
07/02/2015 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
04/05/2015 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
06/17/2014 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to State College Spikes.
06/11/2014 St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Daniel Poncedeleon.
06/11/2014 RHP Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to State College Spikes.