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Daniel Ponce de Leon
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
2021 1 1 6.21 24 2 2 33.1 24 1.62
4 Seasons 3 8 4.33 57 22 3 147.2 152 1.33
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 24 1-1 6.21 33.1 24 1.62
4 Seasons 57 3-8 4.33 147.2 152 1.33

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2018 26 581 87 5 5.7 85.7 109.9 16.9 36.8 .228 .369 .267 .301 .346 26.4 23.5 9.8 2.73 3.87
2019 27 861 123 8 6.5 88.3 109.1 15.2 25.2 .206 .354 .287 .291 .332 28.5 25.6 12.8 3.70 3.77
2020 28 646 76 7 9.2 88.6 108.8 21.4 31.6 .223 .424 .323 .338 .433 40.8 31.5 14 4.96 4.97
2021 29 653 107 7 6.5 89.6 111.7 19.1 33.6 .226 .411 .363 .346 .335 37.4 15.1 14.5 6.21 5.29
2741 393 27 6.9 88.1 111.7 17.8 31.3 .219 .387 .310 .317 .356 32.8 23.9 12.9
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .243 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Ponce de Leon relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(73.7%) ,
Changeup
(12.1%) ,
Cutter
(10%) ,
Curveball
(4.1%) ,
Sinker
(0.2%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 481 258 223 73.7 93.0 112 84 25 12 9 0 4 19 69 .298 .259 .548 .513 .419 .408 88.5 25 2281 6.3 24.1 13.5
2021 Changeup 79 16 63 12.1 86.1 26 25 4 3 0 0 1 2 23 .160 .196 .280 .251 .205 .217 91.4 3 1907 6.2 9.3 8.0
2021 Cutter 65 59 6 10.0 89.2 12 10 2 0 2 0 0 1 9 .200 .123 .400 .198 .322 .228 86.0 6 2256 6.1 23.8 6.7
2021 Curveball 27 10 17 4.1 77.0 7 7 1 0 1 0 0 2 5 .143 .063 .286 .074 .177 .059 82.8 20 2539 6.1 16.7 13.3
2021 Sinker 1 1 0 0.2 91.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .367 .000 .378 .000 .330 104.5 -2 2373 6.2 0.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 396 183 213 61.3 93.1 92 78 16 6 2 0 8 35 43 .205 .220 .538 .500 .363 .359 90.1 29 2354 6.2 34.4 25.4
2020 Curveball 140 55 85 21.7 77.6 20 17 3 2 1 0 0 4 13 .176 .254 .235 .343 .256 .326 85.7 -5 2661 6.0 22.2 10.3
2020 Cutter 85 65 20 13.2 88.0 24 20 2 1 0 1 0 6 14 .100 .197 .200 .240 .219 .279 83.4 20 2432 6.1 28.9 20.7
2020 Changeup 25 6 19 3.9 86.2 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 .333 .257 .333 .284 .352 .309 89.2 20 1840 6.1 11.1 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 23 5.7 5.7
2019 46.3 26.8 15.4 11.4 30.1 39 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
2021 37.4 37.4 16.8 8.4 27.1 34.6 38.3 4.7 25.2 32.7 19.6 9.3 6.5
38.4 32.1 20.4 9.2 33.3 35.4 31.3 4.1 27.5 32.3 22.4 6.1 6.9
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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
2021 Sinker STL R 1 91.7 14.6 -5.9 -29 15.5 1.4 10
2021 Cutter STL R 65 89.2 23.1 3.1 12 0.5 -2.4 -83
2021 Curveball STL R 27 77 58.8 1.2 2 5.9 -1.3 -18
2021 Changeup STL R 79 86.1 27.7 -0.6 -2 15.9 2.6 20
2021 4-Seamer STL R 480 93 13.3 1 7 8.7 2.5 41
2020 Curveball STL R 136 77.6 61.8 4.4 8 8.1 0.9 13
2020 Changeup STL R 25 86.2 27.6 -0.9 -3 15.5 2.5 19
2020 4-Seamer STL R 396 93.1 13 1.3 9 9.3 3 49
2020 Cutter STL R 85 88 28.6 -1.3 -5 1.9 -1.1 -37
2019 Curveball STL R 73 77.9 62.3 5.2 9 9.3 3.2 51
2019 Changeup STL R 63 83.1 29.3 -2.2 -7 17.9 5.1 40
2019 4-Seamer STL R 609 93.3 15 0.4 3 11.6 4.7 68
2019 Slider STL R 1 84.4 39.7 0.1 0 3.7 -1.4 -27
2019 Cutter STL R 115 89.1 27 0.4 2 1.8 -3.8 -189
2018 4-Seamer STL R 367 93.2 15.8 -0.4 -3 10.5 3.8 58
2018 Curveball STL R 18 77 65.4 6 10 7.9 0.1 1
2018 Sinker STL R 7 91.2 25.1 2.4 11 12.1 -2.2 -15
2018 Cutter STL R 93 89.3 26.7 0.2 1 0.1 -2.2 -98
2018 Changeup STL R 96 83.1 30.9 -1 -3 16.8 3.9 30
! 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 %
2021 Sinker -28.7 0 1 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .367 .378 .33 100
2021 Curveball -3.5 -1 27 4.1 7 .143 .286 .179 16.7 28.6 13.3 .063 .074 .059 20
2021 Cutter 2 1 65 10 12 .2 .4 .325 23.8 8.3 6.7 .123 .198 .229 22.2
2021 Changeup -2.1 -2 79 12.1 26 .16 .28 .208 9.3 7.7 8 .196 .251 .217 43.5
2021 4-Seamer 1 5 481 73.7 112 .298 .548 .422 24.1 17 13.5 .259 .513 .408 37.7
2020 Changeup 0.1 0 25 3.9 7 .333 .333 .357 11.1 0 0 .257 .284 .309 33.3
2020 Curveball -0.6 -1 140 21.7 20 .176 .235 .258 22.2 20 10.3 .254 .343 .325 38.5
2020 Cutter -2 -2 85 13.2 24 .1 .2 .221 28.9 25 20.7 .197 .24 .278 21.4
2020 4-Seamer 0.8 3 396 61.3 92 .205 .538 .366 34.4 38 25.4 .22 .5 .359 48.8
2019 Changeup 0.7 0 63 7.3 12 .222 .333 .354 34.8 16.7 10.5 .212 .356 .358 28.6
2019 Curveball 0.2 0 73 8.5 13 .083 .083 .123 23.1 38.5 19.2 .106 .159 .159 14.3
2019 Cutter 1 1 115 13.4 38 .306 .528 .397 18.2 13.2 16.1 .26 .417 .307 32.3
2019 4-Seamer -1.5 -9 609 70.7 137 .188 .325 .291 28.2 29.2 19.9 .2 .355 .294 28.2
2019 Slider 1.9 0 1 0.1 0
2018 Sinker 4.6 0 7 1.2 2 0 0 .35 0 0 .128 .128 .409 0
2018 Curveball 3.8 1 18 3.1 3 .667 .667 .6 0 0 0 .612 .673 .558 0
2018 Changeup 0.9 1 96 16.5 25 .217 .391 .294 21.3 16 8.9 .223 .376 .294 15.8
2018 Cutter 0.8 1 93 16 29 .222 .333 .271 20.8 20.7 14 .251 .416 .315 28.6
2018 4-Seamer -1.3 -5 367 63.2 73 .175 .254 .247 31.7 28.8 20.2 .204 .336 .287 32.6
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Changeup 25 86.2 98 18.2 1:45 2:15 -30
2020 Curveball 123 77.6 87 21 6:45 6:45 0
2020 Cutter 79 87.9 40 6.3 12:15 11:15 60
2020 4-Seam Fastball 385 93.1 99 20.4 1:00 1:00 0
2021 Changeup 79 86.1 97 18.5 1:45 2:15 -30
2021 Curveball 27 77 70 16.5 7:00 6:45 15
2021 Cutter 65 89.2 60 10.5 12:30 11:45 45
2021 4-Seam Fastball 480 93 97 20 1:00 1:00 0
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2018 132 581 -1 -7 4 1 -2
2019 209 910 -8 -10 5 5 -8
2020 149 676 -2 -1 2 3 3
2021 158 653 0 -8 5 6 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 78.1 72.4 26.3 68.8 44.9 56.8 52 27.8 7.2 90.5
2019 861 45.9 72.7 76.7 29.6 64.5 42.5 56.2 49.4 26.8 6.6 80.7
2020 646 47.1 69.7 73.1 25.4 57.5 43.3 55.9 46.3 31.4 6.3 73.2
2021 653 46.6 72.7 82.8 24.1 66.7 44 54.1 46.7 21.6 6.7 75
2741 47.1 73.2 76.3 26.6 64.2 43.6 55.7 48.6 26.9 6.7 79.9
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

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 72 85 80 68 46 86 58 58 96 67 7 61 72 46 71 80
2020 28 65 39 22 26 38 23 45 26 86 8 78 28 40 71 69
2021 35 59 63
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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 6.6 -1 0 4 4 66.7
2020 24.7 10 9.6 0 1 5 5 50
2021 24.1 5 6.2 -1 2 4 3 60

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 6 7 6 7 8 6 7 7 6 7 6 6 5 6 7 8 5 7 5 8 5 7 6 6 7 8 7 7 7 5 8
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
2021 5 6 8 7 6 5 6 7 7 7 7 6 4 5 6 7 6 5 6 7 6 6 6 8 6 8 5 5 7 5 7
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.4 92.7 0.3 92.2 -0.5 92.5 0.3
Offspeed Velocity 83.1 83.1 0 86.2 3.1 86.1 -0.1
Breaking Velocity 77 78 1 77.6 -0.4 77 -0.6
Exit Velocity 85.7 88.3 2.6 88.6 0.3 89.6 1
Launch Angle 16.9 15.2 -1.7 21.4 6.2 19.1 -2.3
Barrel % 5.7 6.5 0.8 9.2 2.7 6.5 -2.7
Hard Hit % 26.4 28.5 2.1 40.8 12.3 37.4 -3.4
Sweet Spot % 36.8 25.2 -11.6 31.6 6.4 33.6 2
xBA .228 .206 -0.022 .223 0.017 .226 0.003
BA .205 .207 0.002 .19 -0.017 .252 0.062
xwOBA .301 .291 -0.01 .338 0.047 .346 0.008
wOBA .267 .287 0.02 .323 0.036 .363 0.04
xSLG .369 .354 -0.015 .424 0.07 .411 -0.013
SLG .308 .351 0.043 .43 0.079 .465 0.035
K% 23.5 25.6 2.1 31.5 5.9 15.1 -16.4
BB% 9.8 12.8 3 14 1.2 14.5 0.5
Swing % 52 49.4 -2.6 46.3 -3.1 46.7 0.4
Whiff% 27.8 26.8 -1 31.4 4.6 21.6 -9.8
In Zone % 49.6 45.9 -3.7 47.1 1.2 46.6 -0.5
Out of Zone % 50.4 54.1 3.7 52.9 -1.2 53.4 0.5
Out of Zone Swing % 26.3 29.6 3.3 25.4 -4.2 24.1 -1.3
First Pitch Swing % 27.3 29.1 1.8 29.4 0.3 23.9 -5.5
First Pitch Strike % 56.8 56.2 -0.6 55.9 -0.3 54.1 -1.8
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2018 132 .267 67 1 1.5 65 0 0.0
2019 200 .287 119 2 1.7 81 16 19.8
2020 143 .323 68 6 8.8 75 28 37.3
2021 158 .363 87 10 11.5 71 24 33.8

Pitch Distribution