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Daniel Ponce de Leon
Popularity: ↓ 21%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 200LBS | Age: 29

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 9, #285, St. Louis Cardinals | La Mirada (CA) HS
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 3 4.96 9 8 0 32.2 45 1.32
3 Seasons 2 7 3.78 33 20 1 114.1 128 1.24
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 9 1-3 4.96 32.2 45 1.32
3 Seasons 33 2-7 3.78 114.1 128 1.24

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2018 581 87 5 5.7 85.7 16.9 36.8 .239 .390 .268 .314 .365 26.4 23.5 9.8 2.73 4.01
2019 861 123 8 6.5 88.3 15.2 25.2 .210 .358 .287 .296 .341 28.5 25.6 12.8 3.70 3.68
2020 646 76 7 9.2 88.6 21.4 31.6 .220 .419 .318 .321 .403 40.8 31.5 14.0 4.96 4.74
ALL 2088 286 20 7.0 87.6 17.3 30.4 .221 .385 .291 .309 .365 31.1 26.8 12.3
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Ponce de Leon relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(61.1%) ,
Curveball
(21.7%) ,
Cutter
(13.3%) ,
Changeup
(3.9%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 395 183 212 61.1 93.1 92 78 16 6 2 0 8 35 43 .205 .216 .538 .491 .357 .337 90.1 29 2354 34.4 25.4
2020 Curveball 140 55 85 21.7 77.6 20 17 3 2 1 0 0 4 13 .176 .250 .235 .338 .253 .311 85.7 -5 2671 22.2 10.3
2020 Cutter 86 65 21 13.3 88.0 24 20 2 1 0 1 0 6 14 .100 .199 .200 .246 .216 .273 83.4 20 2430 28.9 20.7
2020 Changeup 25 6 19 3.9 86.2 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 .333 .260 .333 .291 .347 .304 89.2 20 1840 11.1 0.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball 609 330 279 70.7 93.3 137 117 22 14 4 0 4 40 78 .188 .202 .325 .358 .277 .298 88.7 21 2335 28.3 19.9
2019 Cutter 115 100 15 13.4 89.1 38 36 11 7 2 0 2 5 31 .306 .268 .528 .427 .363 .316 86.8 4 2473 18.5 16.1
2019 Curveball 73 34 39 8.5 77.9 13 12 1 1 0 0 0 5 7 .083 .110 .083 .168 .122 .165 91.2 6 2728 23.1 19.2
2019 Changeup 63 15 48 7.3 83.1 12 9 2 1 1 0 0 2 7 .222 .208 .333 .342 .346 .351 87.4 10 2221 34.8 10.5
2019 Slider 1 1 0 0.1 84.4 2426
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2020 4-Seamer STL R 395 93.1 13 1.4 10 9.3 3.1 50
2020 Curveball STL R 140 77.6 61.8 4.4 8 8.2 1 14
2020 Changeup STL R 25 86.2 27.6 -0.9 -3 15.5 2.5 19
2020 Cutter STL R 86 88 28.5 -1.2 -4 1.9 -1.3 -40
2019 Cutter STL R 115 89.1 27 0.4 2 1.8 -3.8 -190
2019 Slider STL R 1 84.4 39.7 0.1 0 3.7 -1.4 -27
2019 4-Seamer STL R 609 93.3 15 0.5 3 11.6 4.7 68
2019 Changeup STL R 63 83.1 29.3 -2.5 -8 17.9 5.4 43
2019 Curveball STL R 73 77.9 62.3 4.7 8 9.3 3 47
2018 Cutter STL R 93 89.3 26.7 0.2 1 0.1 -2.2 -98
2018 Curveball STL R 18 77 65.4 5.4 9 7.9 -0.2 -2
2018 4-Seamer STL R 367 93.2 15.8 -0.4 -2 10.5 3.8 58
2018 Changeup STL R 96 83.1 30.9 -1.5 -5 16.8 4.4 36
2018 Sinker STL R 7 91.2 25.1 2.4 11 12.1 -2.2 -16
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2020 Changeup 0.4 0 25 3.9 7 .333 .333 .357 11.1 0.0 0.0 .260 .291 .306 33.3
2020 Curveball -0.7 -1 140 21.7 20 .176 .235 .258 22.2 20.0 10.3 .250 .338 .311 38.5
2020 Cutter -2.0 -2 86 13.3 24 .100 .200 .221 28.9 25.0 20.7 .199 .246 .274 21.4
2020 4-Seamer 0.8 3 395 61.1 92 .205 .538 .366 34.4 38.0 25.4 .216 .491 .338 48.8
2019 Changeup 0.8 0 63 7.3 12 .222 .333 .354 34.8 16.7 10.5 .208 .342 .353 28.6
2019 Curveball 0.0 0 73 8.5 13 .083 .083 .123 23.1 38.5 19.2 .110 .168 .164 14.3
2019 Cutter 1.1 1 115 13.4 38 .306 .528 .397 18.5 13.2 16.1 .268 .427 .317 32.3
2019 4-Seamer -1.5 -9 609 70.7 137 .188 .325 .293 28.3 29.2 19.9 .202 .358 .299 28.2
2019 Slider 2.0 0 1 0.1 0.0
2018 Sinker 4.7 0 7 1.2 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 .266 .266 .470 0.0
2018 Curveball 3.9 1 18 3.1 3 .667 .667 .600 0.0 0.0 0.0 .629 .722 .596 0.0
2018 Changeup 1.0 1 96 16.5 25 .217 .391 .294 22.2 16.0 8.9 .228 .396 .305 15.8
2018 Cutter 0.8 1 93 16.0 29 .222 .333 .271 20.8 20.7 14.0 .261 .434 .327 28.6
2018 4-Seamer -1.4 -5 367 63.2 73 .175 .254 .247 31.7 28.8 20.2 .214 .355 .298 32.6
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Observed Spin-Based Gap Observed Spin-Based
2020 Changeup 25 86.2 98 18.2 2:15 1:45 -30
2020 Curveball 135 77.7 87 21.0 6:45 6:45 0
2020 Cutter 82 87.9 40 6.4 11:15 12:15 60
2020 4-Seam Fastball 392 93.1 99 20.5 1:00 1:00 0
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2018 131 578 -1 -8 4 2 -2
2019 207 906 -7 -10 5 5 -7
2020 147 674 -2 -1 2 3 3
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2018 581 49.6 77.4 73.1 26.3 68.8 44.9 56.8 51.6 28.0 7.2 90.5
2019 861 45.9 72.2 77.2 29.6 64.5 42.5 56.2 49.1 27.0 6.6 80.7
2020 646 47.4 69.3 73.1 25.6 57.5 43.3 55.9 46.3 31.4 6.3 73.2
ALL 2088 47.4 72.8 74.7 27.5 63.6 43.4 56.3 48.9 28.6 6.7 81.4
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2018 35.6 28.7 28.7 6.9 39.1 35.6 25.3 5.7 28.7 31.0 23.0 5.7 5.7
2019 46.3 26.8 15.4 11.4 30.1 39.0 30.9 1.6 36.6 30.9 21.1 2.4 6.5
2020 30.3 36.8 23.7 9.2 40.8 30.3 28.9 5.3 14.5 35.5 27.6 7.9 9.2
ALL 38.8 30.1 21.7 9.4 35.7 35.7 28.7 3.8 28.3 32.2 23.4 4.9 7.0
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2018 46 52 73
2019 76 86 83 73 52 87 60 58 96 67 7 61 76 45 71 79
2020 32 70 42 23 30 38 23 45 26 86 8 78 32 39 70 69
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 23.3 6 6.4 -0.4 1 3 4 66.7
2020 24.7 10 9.6 0.4 1 5 5 50.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 6 7 6 7 7 7 6 7 6 7 6 6 5 5 7 7 5 7 6 7 5 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 5 7
2020 10 8 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 11 10 8 8 10 10 9 9 10 10 8 9 10 10 10 11 10 10 8 9 10
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.4 92.7 0.3 92.2 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 83.1 83.1 0 86.2 3.1
Breaking Velocity 77 78 1 77.6 -0.4
Exit Velocity 85.7 88.3 2.6 88.6 0.3
Launch Angle 16.9 15.2 -1.7 21.4 6.2
Barrel % 5.7 6.5 0.8 9.2 2.7
Hard Hit % 26.4 28.5 2.1 40.8 12.3
Sweet Spot % 36.8 25.2 -11.6 31.6 6.4
xBA .239 .21 -0.029 .22 0.01
BA .205 .207 0.002 .19 -0.017
xwOBA .314 .296 -0.018 .321 0.025
wOBA .268 .287 0.019 .318 0.031
xSLG .39 .358 -0.032 .419 0.061
SLG .308 .351 0.043 .43 0.079
K% 23.5 25.6 2.1 31.5 5.9
BB% 9.8 12.8 3 14 1.2
Swing % 51.6 49.1 -2.5 46.3 -2.8
Whiff% 28 27 -1 31.4 4.4
In Zone Swing % 49.6 45.9 -3.7 47.4 1.5
Out of Zone Swing % 50.4 54.1 3.7 52.6 -1.5
First Pitch Swing % 25.8 28.1 2.3 29.4 1.3
First Pitch Strike % 56.8 56.2 -0.6 55.9 -0.3
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2018 132 .268 67 1 1.5 65 0 0.0
2019 200 .287 119 2 1.7 81 16 19.8
2020 143 .318 68 6 8.8 75 28 37.3

Pitch Distribution