At long last, José De León seems set to make his International League debut.After two successful rehab starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte, Jose De Leon is moving up to Triple-A to join the Durham Bulls' rotation.
At long last, José De León seems set to make his International League debut.
After two successful rehab starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte, Jose De Leon is moving up to Triple-A to join the Durham Bulls' rotation.
De Leon, who pitched for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, had been dealing with discomfort in his flexor mass muscle in his left forearm. After a stint on the disabled list, the organization sent MLB.com's No. 28 overall prospect to Charlotte for a couple tuneup outings.
In his first start May 11, De Leon allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings. The 2013 24th-round pick didn't issue a walk and threw 41 of 61 pitches for strikes.
De Leon dominated completely in his second start, hurling five hitless innings against Dunedin on May 16. He struck out five and walked two.
Tampa Bay acquired the 24-year-old right-hander from the Dodgers in exchange for Logan Forsythe this offseason.
Last season, De Leon went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 16 starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City before making his Major League debut on Sept. 4. The Southern University product went 2-0 in four starts for Los Angeles down the stretch, logging a 6.35 ERA and 1.53 WHIP spanning 17 innings.
Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com.