José De León Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 29
Born: August 7, 1992
Birthplace: Isabela, PR
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 24th round, 2013 by LAD
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Aug. 2021)
College: Southern
High School: San Antonio (PR)
   

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First Pro Contract: June 20, 2013 (LAD)
Signing Scout: Matt Paul
Signing Bonus: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2021
   
Pro Debut: June 2013 (AZL Dodgers)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: September 4, 2016 (LAD)
Service Time (1/21): 2 years, 60 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2020, 2019)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @JDL_87
Instagram: @jdl_87

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Sturdy, athletic frame. No remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts on the first base side of the rubber. Drop and drive delivery with considerable effort. Very quick arm. Gets above-average extension.

Fastball: 93-96 mph. Tops out at 98. Pitch shows sink when down. Average control but below-average command. Potential plus offering with refined command.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Throws with good arm speed. Has late, arm-side run. Potential above-average offering.

Slider: 78-81 mph. Short, vertical breaking ball. 11-to-5 shape and has depth when he snaps it off. Clear third pitch.

  Career Notes: Originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2013. Was traded to Tampa Bay in January 2017 in exchange for Logan Forsythe. Was a consensus Top 40 prospect in the game in 2016 and 2017. Missed time in 2017 with forearm, lat, and elbow injuries. Underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2018. Was traded to Cincinnati ahead of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft as Tampa looked to clear room on its 40-man in exchange for cash. Was released by the Reds in July 2021 and signed with Boston in August 2021.

Summation: Potential up-and-down middle reliever. Has the stuff to develop into a solid major league relief arm, but needs to show consistency and improved command. Raw stuff is very intriguing. Nice project signing to see if getting him into a new organization, with different voices, unlocks his talent.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.


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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2011 Southern SW NCAA --- 18 5 2 5.75 12 9 1 56.1 69 42 36 2 14 21 72 1.60 11.50 3.36
  2012 Southern SW NCAA --- 19 8 3 2.62 13 13 0 82.1 57 28 24 1 0 34 103 1.11 11.26 3.72
  2013 Southern SW NCAA --- 20 4 3 2.84 12 12 0 82.1 62 37 26 0 0 31 73 1.13 7.98 3.39
  2013 Arizona Dodgers Ariz Rk LAD 20 2 3 4.01 9 8 0 33.2 32 18 15 1 4 18 35 1.49 9.36 4.81
  2013 Ogden Raptors Pio Rk LAD 20 1 2 12.10 5 5 0 19.1 35 30 26 5 5 3 18 1.97 8.38 1.40
  2014 Ogden Raptors Pio Rk LAD 21 5 0 2.65 10 8 0 54.1 44 25 16 2 4 19 77 1.16 12.75 3.15
  2014 Great Lakes Loons Midw A LAD 21 2 0 1.19 4 4 0 22.2 14 4 3 1 0 2 42 0.71 16.68 0.79
  2015 RC Quakes Calif A+ LAD 22 4 1 1.67 7 7 0 37.2 26 9 7 1 0 8 58 0.90 13.86 1.91
  2015 Tulsa Drillers Tex AA LAD 22 2 6 3.64 16 16 0 76.2 61 35 31 11 0 29 105 1.17 12.33 3.40
  2016 Oklahoma City Dodgers PCL AAA LAD 23 7 1 2.61 16 16 0 86.1 61 29 25 9 1 20 111 0.94 11.57 2.08
  2016 Los Angeles Dodgers NL MLB LAD 23 2 0 6.35 4 4 0 17.0 19 17 12 5 3 7 15 1.53 7.94 3.71
  2017 GCL Rays GCL Rk TB 24 1 0 0.75 3 2 0 12.0 4 1 1 1 1 1 12 0.42 9.00 0.75
  2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs FSL A+ TB 24 1 0 1.88 4 3 0 14.1 11 3 3 0 0 9 18 1.40 11.30 5.65
  2017 Durham Bulls IL AAA TB 24 0 2 6.75 3 3 0 12.0 14 9 9 1 0 6 14 1.67 10.50 4.50
  2017 Tampa Bay Rays AL MLB TB 24 1 0 10.12 1 0 0 2.2 4 3 3 1 0 3 2 2.62 6.75 10.12
  2019 Charlotte Stone Crabs FSL A+ TB 26 0 0 3.86 2 2 0 4.2 4 3 2 1 0 3 1 1.50 1.93 5.79
  2019 Durham Bulls IL AAA TB 26 2 1 3.51 17 13 1 51.1 41 20 20 4 6 27 73 1.32 12.80 4.73
  2019 Tampa Bay Rays AL MLB TB 26 1 0 2.25 3 0 0 4.0 3 2 1 0 2 3 7 1.50 15.75 6.75
  2020 Cincinnati Reds NL MLB Cin 27 0 0 18.00 5 0 0 6.0 6 12 12 1 0 11 10 2.83 15.00 16.50
  2021 Louisville Bats TAE AAA Cin 28 1 1 4.63 12 0 1 11.2 8 7 6 1 0 7 19 1.29 14.66 5.40
  2021 Cincinnati Reds NL MLB Cin 28 0 1 8.35 9 2 0 18.1 22 17 17 4 2 11 33 1.80 16.20 5.40
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 28     stats                            
2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 28     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2014 Pioneer League Season-End All-Star
California League Pitcher of the Week (May 5-11, 2015)
California League All-Star (2015)
Pacific League Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 22-28, 2016)
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