Jose Leclerc
Jose Leclerc
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Rangers inked Leclerc to an extension March 6 after his breakout 2018 season. He was out as the closer less than two months later, though manager Chris Woodward was insistent the demotion was temporary and indeed Leclerc did return to closing after the trade deadline. At the end of April, Leclerc had an 8.44 ERA and nine walks in 10.2 innings, with two blown saves in seven chances before being relieved of ninth-inning duties. Things were a bit smoother for Leclerc over the final two months, as he went 9-for-10 in save chances with a 4.29 ERA, though the walk issues were still very much prevalent. For his career, Leclerc has a 15 BB%, and it can be argued his 2018 was driven by exceedingly good HR/FB luck. Emmanuel Clase emerged down the stretch and looked like a real threat to Leclerc's closing job in 2020, but Clase was traded to Cleveland in the offseason, affording Leclerc more breathing room. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Rangers in March of 2019. Contract includes $6 million team option ($750,000 buyout) for 2023 and $6.25 million team option ($750,000 buyout) for 2024.
Calms down after adjustment
PTexas Rangers
July 3, 2020
Leclerc had some command issues early in his pitching session Friday but improved after making a mechanical adjustment, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Leclerc was taken deep by Rougned Odor before making the adjustments later in the session. The right-hander enters summer camp as the Rangers' closer, although his spotty command was problematic early in 2019 when he lost the ninth-inning job.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Jose Leclerc generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Jose Leclerc generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-41%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .208 298 81 41 52 18 2 6
Since 2017vs Right .135 424 164 63 47 11 1 6
2019vs Left .267 136 37 18 31 11 1 4
2019vs Right .158 163 63 21 21 5 1 3
2018vs Left .114 86 28 13 8 3 1 0
2018vs Right .132 137 57 12 16 5 0 1
2017vs Left .203 76 16 10 13 4 0 2
2017vs Right .108 124 44 30 10 1 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-85%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.77 1.06 93.0 4 5 16 12.3 4.4 0.8
Since 2017Away 2.73 1.32 79.0 2 5 12 13.4 6.7 0.5
2019Home 4.86 1.14 37.0 2 2 9 12.2 4.1 1.2
2019Away 3.69 1.55 31.2 0 2 5 14.2 6.3 0.6
2018Home 2.48 0.80 32.2 2 2 7 12.7 2.8 0.3
2018Away 0.36 0.92 25.0 0 1 5 14.0 5.4 0.0
2017Home 3.86 1.33 23.1 0 1 0 12.0 6.9 0.8
2017Away 4.03 1.43 22.1 2 2 2 11.7 8.9 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Jose Leclerc compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.56
 
K/9
13.1
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
96.8 mph
 
ERA
4.33
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
0.88
 
Left On Base
70.2%
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.7%
 
Spin Rate
2595 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Thanks to his poor finish to the 2017 campaign, Leclerc spent the first month of the 2018 season shuttling between Triple-A Round Rock and the majors. The right-hander ultimately emerged as one of the Rangers' primary setup men in May following a stretch of seven scoreless appearances, and his continued success earned him the closer's role after Keone Kela was dealt to Pittsburgh at the end of July. Leclerc was dominant after taking over in the ninth inning, converting all 12 of his save chances while notching a 29:6 K:BB across 18 scoreless innings. His improved control was key to his breakout season, as he dropped his walk rate to 3.9 BB/9 after posting a 7.9 BB/9 over his first two seasons. Leclerc figures to reprise his role as closer to begin 2019, and while his save chances may be limited on a rebuilding team, the 24-year-old should still provide value with his impressive ratios (1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 13.3 K/9 in 2018).
Midway through his rookie season, the 24-year-old Leclerc appeared as though he might be the best reliever in the Texas bullpen and seemed primed to get a look as closer after Matt Bush was pulled from the role in late June. Alas, Alex Claudio ultimately captured closing duties, while Leclerc's second-half implosion effectively resulted in manager Jeff Banister dropping him from the setup ranks. Finding the strike zone was the foremost problem for Leclerc, who finished with a 20:24 K:BB in 19.1 innings after the break. An 11.8 K/9 rate and .146 batting average against speaks to the upside Leclerc possesses when he's able to throw strikes, but he may be in need of some mechanical adjustments, considering his issues with walking batters were also prevalent throughout his minor-league career. Until Leclerc demonstrates significant improvement with his control, the Rangers aren't likely to trust him as a key cog of the bridge to the ninth inning.
Leclerc continues to climb up the Rangers' prospect ranks thanks to another strong showing in the minor leagues. He began the season with Double-A Frisco, but his 10.96 K/9 n 23 innings earned him a promotion to the Triple-A ranks. The 23-year-old continued fanning batters during his time at Round Rock, as he held a 10.5 K/9 and an ERA 80 points better than at his previous stop. All of this culminated in a September call-up, when he held his own with one strikeout per inning. Not everything was perfect for the right-hander, however. His control still leaves much to be desired, shown by his 51 walks across the three levels. His 0.65 GB/FB with Texas also doesn't read well for a pitcher who will eventually pitch in one of the most hitter-friendly environments in the American League. Of course, Leclerc should be afforded the opportunity to compete for a major league roster spot out of spring training, although he will likely be given additional time at Triple-A to begin the season with the goal of improving his command.
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Has coach's confidence
PTexas Rangers
June 26, 2020
Texas manager Chris Woodward believes Leclerc's struggles in 2019 will help him in his role as closer in 2020, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
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So far, so good
PTexas Rangers
March 11, 2020
Leclerc allowed one run and one walk while striking out four over 1.1 scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring game against the White Sox.
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Leading candidate to close
PTexas Rangers
February 5, 2020
Leclerc enters spring training as the Rangers' leading candidate to close games, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Grabs 14th save
PTexas Rangers
September 26, 2019
Leclerc recorded the final out of the game with a strikeout to earn the save Thursday against the Red Sox.
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Picks up 13th save
PTexas Rangers
September 12, 2019
Leclerc picked up the save against the Rays on Thursday, working around a walk to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out a 6-4 victory for the Rangers. He didn't record a strikeout.
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