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Portrait of Wade LeBlanc

Wade LeBlanc PAngels

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
97.7 4.51 1.39 71 6 6 0 0.0
Birth Date8-7-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age30 years, 2 months, 15 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.72010
0.82011
0.62012
-0.42013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2008 SDN 23 5 4 21.3 18.7 2.7 1 3 0 0 1 0 104 29 19 19 7 58 15 13 0 14 8.02 8.17 8.25 -5.3 -0.5
2009 SDN 24 9 9 46.3 46.3 0.0 3 1 0 0 4 0 194 35 19 19 6 61 19 18 4 30 3.69 4.93 5.71 -3.7 -0.4
2010 SDN 25 26 25 146.0 143.0 3.0 8 12 0 0 13 0 625 157 69 69 24 269 51 46 2 110 4.25 4.83 4.69 5.7 0.7
2011 SDN 26 14 14 79.7 79.7 0.0 5 6 0 0 7 0 339 84 42 41 7 128 28 27 1 51 4.63 3.95 4.02 7.5 0.8
2012 MIA 27 25 9 68.7 47.3 21.3 2 5 0 0 3 0 284 71 30 28 7 104 19 18 1 43 3.67 4.08 4.30 5.0 0.6
2013 HOU 28 4 0 6.3 0.0 6.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 9 10 5 1 18 5 4 1 2 7.11 7.34 7.88 -2.0 -0.2
2013 MIA 28 13 7 48.7 35.3 13.3 1 5 0 0 1 0 222 63 30 28 6 95 15 13 2 31 5.18 4.40 4.65 -0.5 -0.1
2014 ANA 29 10 3 28.7 14.0 14.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 114 25 11 11 2 34 6 5 1 21 3.45 3.33 3.79 2.6 0.3
2014 NYA 29 1 0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 18.00 9.16 12.10 -1.0 -0.1
Career10771446.7384.362.3213300290192647523222260769159144133024.474.634.798.41.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 FTW A 7 7 32.1 3.47 124 .207 .256 .333 .382 .274 .278 107 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8
2006 EUG A- 7 3 21.1 4.07 88 .257 .242 .320 .342 .264 .293 75 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2007 LEL A+ 16 16 92.0 3.96 123 .197 .270 .347 .421 .265 .268 103 23.7 2.3 23.7 2.3
2007 SAN AA 12 11 57.3 4.56 93 .221 .260 .329 .416 .259 .253 93 5.4 0.5 8.0 0.7
2008 SDN MLB 5 4 21.3 8.25 8 .371 .255 .327 .405 .257 .324 92 -6.4 -0.6 -5.3 -0.5
2008 POR AAA 26 25 138.7 5.27 100 .244 .285 .352 .451 .261 .304 105 20.5 2.0 22.2 2.0
2009 SDN MLB 9 9 46.3 5.71 57 .236 .268 .325 .425 .267 .215 88 -3.5 -0.3 -3.7 -0.4
2009 POR AAA 24 20 121.0 5.23 77 .246 .272 .338 .422 .270 .265 91 1.9 0.2 2.6 0.1
2010 SDN MLB 26 25 146.0 4.69 73 .308 .250 .313 .387 .258 .304 84 -0.0 -0.0 5.7 0.7
2010 POR AAA 2 2 10.0 3.02 119 .313 .270 .348 .428 .266 .429 75 2.4 0.2 2.6 0.3
2011 SDN MLB 14 14 79.7 4.02 95 .276 .246 .310 .383 .254 .306 92 4.6 0.5 7.5 0.8
2011 TUC AAA 17 17 106.7 4.46 123 .228 .288 .355 .455 .263 .316 110 29.1 2.8 32.4 3.1
2012 MIA MLB 25 9 68.7 4.30 98 .259 .254 .312 .402 .258 .299 98 5.1 0.5 5.0 0.6
2012 NWO AAA 16 16 98.7 4.48 98 .245 .271 .331 .414 .258 .288 88 12.9 1.3 13.4 1.2
2013 HOU MLB 4 0 6.3 7.88 20 .353 .254 .309 .408 .263 .286 102 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2013 MIA MLB 13 7 48.7 4.65 77 .321 .246 .306 .392 .254 .339 94 -0.8 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2013 OKL AAA 19 7 49.7 4.57 99 .268 .270 .341 .411 .268 .340 95 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7
2014 ANA MLB 10 3 28.7 3.79 103 .223 .252 .321 .383 .268 .274 95 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2014 NYA MLB 1 0 1.0 12.10 -90 .421 .247 .337 .387 .281 .400 101 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2014 SLC AAA 22 22 128.0 4.49 113 .251 .285 .355 .445 .275 .352 105 25.9 2.6 25.9 2.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 FTW A 4 1 0 7 7 32.1 31 10 27 1 40% .278 8.7 2.8 0.3 7.6 1.28 2.24 8.1 0.8
2006 EUG A- 1 0 0 7 3 21.1 19 6 20 0 41% .293 8.1 2.6 0.0 8.5 1.18 4.27 4.1 0.4
2007 LEL A+ 6 5 0 16 16 92.0 72 17 90 5 42% .268 7.0 1.7 0.5 8.8 0.97 2.64 23.7 2.3
2007 SAN AA 7 3 0 12 11 57.3 48 19 55 8 46% .253 7.5 3.0 1.3 8.6 1.17 3.46 8.0 0.7
2008 POR AAA 11 9 0 26 25 138.7 136 42 139 21 37% .304 8.8 2.7 1.4 9.0 1.28 5.32 22.2 2.0
2008 SDN MLB 1 3 0 5 4 21.3 29 15 14 7 43% .324 12.2 6.3 3.0 5.9 2.06 8.02 -5.3 -0.5
2009 POR AAA 4 9 0 24 20 121.0 109 31 95 15 45% .265 8.1 2.3 1.1 7.1 1.16 3.87 2.6 0.1
2009 SDN MLB 3 1 0 9 9 46.3 35 19 30 6 38% .215 6.8 3.7 1.2 5.8 1.17 3.69 -3.7 -0.4
2010 POR AAA 0 1 0 2 2 10.0 13 1 15 1 48% .429 11.7 0.9 0.9 13.5 1.40 7.20 2.6 0.3
2010 SDN MLB 8 12 0 26 25 146.0 157 51 110 24 36% .304 9.7 3.1 1.5 6.8 1.42 4.25 5.7 0.7
2011 SDN MLB 5 6 0 14 14 79.7 84 28 51 7 35% .306 9.5 3.2 0.8 5.8 1.41 4.63 7.5 0.8
2011 TUC AAA 9 1 0 17 17 106.7 108 28 92 8 43% .316 9.1 2.4 0.7 7.8 1.27 4.30 32.4 3.1
2012 MIA MLB 2 5 0 25 9 68.7 71 19 43 7 38% .299 9.3 2.5 0.9 5.6 1.31 3.67 5.0 0.6
2012 NWO AAA 5 5 0 16 16 98.7 91 20 91 10 46% .288 8.3 1.8 0.9 8.3 1.12 3.74 13.4 1.2
2013 OKL AAA 3 1 1 19 7 49.7 55 16 47 5 49% .340 10.0 2.9 0.9 8.5 1.43 4.71 6.8 0.7
2013 MIA MLB 1 5 0 13 7 48.7 63 15 31 6 43% .339 11.7 2.8 1.1 5.7 1.60 5.18 -0.5 -0.1
2013 HOU MLB 0 0 0 4 0 6.3 9 5 2 1 38% .286 12.8 7.1 1.4 2.8 2.21 7.11 -2.0 -0.2
2014 SLC AAA 10 4 0 22 22 128.0 143 42 119 11 41% .352 10.1 3.0 0.8 8.4 1.45 4.43 25.9 2.6
2014 ANA MLB 1 1 0 10 3 28.7 25 6 21 2 42% .274 7.8 1.9 0.6 6.6 1.08 3.45 2.6 0.3
2014 NYA MLB 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 1 0 0 60% .400 18.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 3.00 18.00 -1.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 341 0.4897 0.4311 0.8367 0.5988 0.2701 0.9100 0.6809 0.1633
2009 766 0.4765 0.4261 0.8160 0.6027 0.2643 0.8818 0.6792 0.1840
2010 2398 0.4871 0.4313 0.8015 0.5933 0.2764 0.8716 0.6588 0.1975
2011 1318 0.5319 0.4469 0.8557 0.5963 0.2771 0.9019 0.7427 0.1443
2012 1074 0.5158 0.4572 0.8350 0.6011 0.3038 0.9099 0.6772 0.1650
2013 959 0.4859 0.4755 0.8158 0.6824 0.2799 0.8585 0.7174 0.1842
2014 440 0.4614 0.4250 0.7861 0.5517 0.3165 0.8839 0.6400 0.2139
Career72960.49670.44280.82030.60540.28190.88460.68640.1793

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ANA $
2013 MIA $491,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$491,500
3 yrTotal$491,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 154 dGreg Landry CAA1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 11/11/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Angels 5/25/14. Claimed by NY Yankees off waivers 6/3/14 after being DFA by LA Angels 5/31/14. DFA by NY Yankees 6/11/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/14/14 (refused assignment). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 6/17/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Angels 8/21/14. DFA by LA Angels 8/26/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/28/14. Contract selected by LA Angels 9/2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4915M (2013). Renewed by Miami 3/2/13. Claimed by Houston off waivers 6/8/13 after being DFA by Miami 6/3/13. DFA by Houston 6/24/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/26/13. Contract selected by Houston 8/19/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/22/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Renewed by Miami 3/2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11. Acquired by Miami in trade from San Diego 11/22/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4019M (2009). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Diego 9/1/08.
  • Drafted by San Diego 2006 (2-61) (Alabama). $0.59M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 8 5.4 0 20 20 114.8 105 30 83 13 .268 1.17 3.45 3.75 16.5 1.7
80o 7.4 5.5 0 19 19 108.8 106 30 79 13 .280 1.24 3.81 4.14 10.5 1.1
70o 6.9 5.5 0 18 18 104.5 106 30 75 13 .288 1.30 4.07 4.43 6.5 0.7
60o 6.5 5.5 0 18 18 100.9 106 30 73 13 .296 1.34 4.30 4.67 3.5 0.4
50o 6.2 5.6 0 17 17 97.6 106 30 70 13 .303 1.39 4.51 4.91 0.7 0.1
40o 5.9 5.6 0 16 16 94.3 106 30 68 13 .309 1.44 4.73 5.14 -1.6 -0.2
30o 5.5 5.6 0 16 16 90.9 105 30 66 13 .317 1.49 4.97 5.4 -4.1 -0.4
20o 5.1 5.6 0 15 15 87.0 105 30 63 13 .325 1.55 5.24 5.7 -6.6 -0.7
10o 4.6 5.6 0 14 14 81.6 104 29 59 12 .337 1.63 5.64 6.13 -9.6 -1.0
Weighted Mean6.25.50171797.3105307013.3011.384.494.881.10.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
11% 32% 9% 16% 57%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201530670191911011831841540.3021.354.404.789.62.56.91.20.2
201631670181810311431711440.3031.414.615.0110.02.76.21.2-0.1
20173256016169510427671340.3041.384.514.919.92.66.31.20.1
2018335601515909825641240.3041.374.454.849.82.56.41.20.1
2019345501414859224611140.3031.374.454.849.82.66.51.20.1
2020354501313788523551040.3051.394.504.899.82.76.41.20.1
2021364501212738021511040.3041.394.514.909.92.66.31.20.0
202237440121270762050940.3041.374.454.839.82.66.41.20.1
202338440121269752049940.3041.384.444.839.82.66.41.20.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.94.1out of baseball1.31.91.714.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2012 0.00 DNP
2 88 Dustin Moseley 2011 4.42
3 87 Brandon Claussen 2008 0.00 DNP
4 87 Edgar Gonzalez 2012 5.04
5 86 Jason Berken 2013 0.00 DNP
6 86 Glen Perkins 2012 3.20
7 85 Dave Williams 2008 0.00 DNP
8 84 J.A. Happ 2012 4.85
9 84 Matt Chico 2012 0.00 DNP
10 84 Doug Waechter 2010 0.00 DNP
11 84 Chris Narveson 2011 4.56
12 83 Brian Burres 2010 5.45
13 83 Mike Wood 2009 0.00 DNP
14 83 Garrett Olson 2013 0.00 DNP
15 83 Andy Sonnanstine 2012 0.00 DNP
16 83 Boof Bonser 2011 0.00 DNP
17 82 Cha Seung Baek 2009 0.00 DNP
18 82 Craig Stammen 2013 3.31
19 82 Blake Hawksworth 2012 0.00 DNP
20 82 J.D. Martin 2012 0.00 DNP
21 82 Jeff Karstens 2012 4.07
22 82 Sun-Woo Kim 2007 0.00 DNP
23 82 Kei Igawa 2009 0.00 DNP
24 82 Dewon Brazelton 2009 0.00 DNP
25 81 Guillermo Moscoso 2013 5.10
26 81 Fernando Nieve 2012 0.00 DNP
27 81 Daniel McCutchen 2012 0.00 DNP
28 81 Jose Acevedo 2007 0.00 DNP
29 81 Gustavo Chacin 2010 5.17
30 81 Billy Traber 2009 14.73
31 80 Dustin Nippert 2010 4.45
32 80 Armando Galarraga 2011 7.38
33 80 Ross Ohlendorf 2012 8.14
34 80 Tim Redding 2007 3.75
35 79 Michael O'Connor 2010 0.00 DNP
36 79 Cliff Lee 2008 2.74
37 79 Chris Capuano 2008 0.00 DNP
38 79 Justin Germano 2012 6.72
39 79 Philip Humber 2012 6.53
40 79 Scott Richmond 2009 5.84
41 79 Josh Banks 2012 0.00 DNP
42 79 Garrett Mock 2012 0.00 DNP
43 79 Matt Belisle 2009 5.81
44 79 Jose Capellan 2010 0.00 DNP
45 78 Dan Meyer 2011 0.00 DNP
46 78 Greg Smith 2013 0.00 DNP
47 78 Kyle Snyder 2007 4.80
48 78 Jeremy Bonderman 2012 0.00 DNP
49 78 Eric Stults 2009 4.86
50 78 Marco Estrada 2013 3.94
51 78 Juan Gutierrez 2013 4.72
52 78 Jon Leicester 2008 0.00 DNP
53 78 Kevin Slowey 2013 4.21
54 78 Mitch Talbot 2013 0.00 DNP
55 77 Jesse Chavez 2013 4.24
56 77 Billy Buckner 2013 4.67
57 77 Jason Bergmann 2011 0.00 DNP
58 77 Matt Maloney 2013 0.00 DNP
59 77 D.J. Houlton 2009 0.00 DNP
60 77 Johnny Podres 1962 4.27 DNP
61 77 Larry Christenson 1983 4.66
62 77 Ken Holtzman 1975 3.68 DNP
63 77 Mike Gosling 2010 0.00 DNP
64 76 John Smiley 1994 4.48
65 76 Luke Hochevar 2013 1.92
66 76 Mike Witt 1990 4.77
67 76 Brandon Backe 2007 4.08
68 76 Ed Halicki 1980 5.52
69 76 Jason Vargas 2012 3.85
70 76 Manny Parra 2012 5.98
71 76 Don Drysdale 1966 3.75
72 76 Roman Colon 2009 4.83
73 76 Jon Rauch 2008 4.52
74 76 Denny Neagle 1998 3.89
75 76 Moose Haas 1985 4.73
76 76 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
77 76 John Tudor 1983 4.54
78 76 Aaron Harang 2007 3.85
79 76 Chuck James 2011 6.10
80 76 Jon Adkins 2007 0.00
81 76 Scott Baker 2011 3.34
82 76 Everett Teaford 2013 0.00
83 76 Andy Benes 1997 3.25
84 76 Ervin Santana 2012 5.46
85 76 Kevin Gregg 2007 3.64
86 76 Rick Langford 1981 3.73
87 76 Hector Ambriz 2013 6.94
88 76 Steve Carlton 1974 3.65
89 76 Ralph Terry 1965 4.18
90 76 Carl Erskine 1956 4.44
91 76 John Thomson 2003 5.18
92 76 Ron Reed 1972 4.61
93 75 Rodrigo Lopez 2005 5.42
94 75 John Candelaria 1983 3.32
95 75 Chad Gaudin 2012 5.06
96 75 Colby Lewis 2009 0.00 DNP
97 75 Ian Snell 2011 0.00 DNP
98 75 Jake Woods 2011 0.00 DNP
99 75 Mike Flanagan 1981 4.27
100 75 Joe Hesketh 1988 3.59

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .331 .378 .572 .331
11 vs R (Multi) .273 .337 .403 .277
18 Split (Multi) .058 .041 .169 .054
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .346 .400 .603 .345
31 vs R (2013) .290 .355 .426 .309
38 Split (2013) .056 .045 .177 .036
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 An extreme fly-ball pitcher who logged the eighth-lowest groundball rate in the National League last year, LeBlanc has had the good fortune of pitching in two of the senior circuit’s friendliest stadiums: Petco Park and the Marlins’ new yard. His improvement in 2012 was driven largely by a drop in his walk rate and a greater reliance on sinkers and cutters rather than four-seam fastballs. LeBlanc’s changeup is his bread-and-butter offering and the source of his success against right-handed batters. Despite his occasional struggles with like-handed batters, LeBlanc is a serviceable swingman or fifth starter in the Marlins' pitcher-friendly ballpark. With Josh Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle now in Toronto, he could be in line for a rotation spot out of the gate.
2012 Why is every finesse left-hander compared to Tom Glavine or Jamie Moyer? They were great pitchers, and it's unreasonable to place such expectations on kids who just happen to be short on stuff. Why do people forget about the Jeff Ballards and Jason Jacomes of the world, or the ones who never even made it that far? LeBlanc isn't Glavine or Moyer, but the changeup specialist from Louisiana has been marginally effective while plugging holes in the Padres rotation each of the past two seasons, although his minor-league ratios (8.3 K/9, 3.5 K/BB, 0.9 HR/9) haven't carried over to the big leagues (6.3 K/9, 1.8 K/BB, 1.4 HR/9). The difference between LeBlanc's career home (2.97 ERA, 1.0 HR/9) and road (6.16 ERA, 1.7 HR/9) numbers is illuminating. He'll compete with Brad Hand, Alex Sanabia, and Chris Volstad for the final slot in Miami's rotation this spring.
2011 LeBlanc lost his job in the rotation after a disastrous August that saw him cough up a .285/.336/.562 opponent batting line and average just over 5 1/3 innings per start. His inability to go deep into games made the bullpen work overtime and helped touch off the chain of events that kept the Padres out of the playoffs. The trouble with LeBlanc is that he has no worthwhile complement to his fantastic changeup. It's impossible to survive on one pitch as a starter, and even more difficult when combined with an inability to locate a mid-80s four-seam fastball anywhere but the middle of the zone.
2010 LeBlanc pitched so well at the end of last season that he will go to spring training as a favorite to begin 2009 in the Padres' rotation. He is the epitome of the soft-tossing left-hander, his fastball rarely nearing 90 mph. However, he has a devastating changeup that causes plenty of bad swings, as well as a curveball that fools hitters with its late break. He will never be the ace of a staff, but he has enough command and guile to carve out a career as a back-end rotation starter, particularly in a park as forgiving as Petco.
2009 Wade LeBlanc has one great pitch, and it's a doozy. His changeup is nearly perfect, thrown with the identical arm action of his fastball, but featuring a sizeable velocity difference and late drop. But will it be enough? His fastball's a high beeline, always up and maxing out in the high 80s, his curveball doesn't really, and he needs to be more precise with those two pitches than he's currently able in order to set up the monster. Big-league hitters were not fooled the first time around, but he'll still get a shot at one of the last rotation slots this spring.
2008 LeBlanc is another pitcher who leaves hitters shaking their heads in frustration without lighting up the radar gun. Although his fastball rarely touches 90 mph, it's a good enough pitch to set up his changeup, which is an absolute monster and among the best in the minor leagues. He's moving quickly through the system and could get a look towards the end of the season, but his ceiling is third or fourth starter.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mingled joy and pain. Some fans think that last offseason proves Hoyer can build a contending Padre team for 2011. I look at the roughly 60 VORP, plus other losses, and can't see us winning more than 72 games. Any hope for next season other than watching a good front office evaluate its options for the future?
(Geoff Young Fan from San Diego)
I really do think the Padres could contend in 2011 even without Gonzalez, but things have to break very, very right for them. If Wade LeBlanc gets a lot of starts, or they don't sign a solid replacement at first base, or Everth Cabrera can't do anything for them at all, then things have not gone right and they are probably stuck at .500 at best.

The problem is, it's going to be tough to evaluate that until we see who the new shortstop and first baseman are. I'm convinced Cabrera would make a fine second baseman with his strong arm and defensive instincts, so if they can nab a shortstop then they are fine there. None of the pieces the Padres lost from the 2010 season are irreplaceable except for Gonzalez, but losing him doesn't automatically make them a terrible team if they play the rest of their cards right. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my very deep, 14 team mixed league I'm in need of some pop, and have a day to put in a claim on Stanton (thankfully I have $ to do so). The question is, my pitching staff is very young & volatile, which of these 4 guys would you recommend dropping: W. Davis, Ely, C. Richard, W. LeBlanc? I'm leaning Wade Davis fwiw...
(Andy from Chicago)
I can see Davis getting pushed out by Hellickson. Wade LeBlanc had a few iffy starts, but he's in the NL with Petco, and probably won't get bumped by Tim Stauffer if he can keep it up. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why did I spend 5% of my tiny budget on Jerry Hairston when my starting rotation could use another full pitcher's worth of not-sucky innings?
(Jed Hoyer from Beautiful Downtown San Diego)
Because replacing Wade LeBlanc or Tim Stauffer is not going to win the NL West, and a guy like Hairston has his uses. Plus, with Jerry and Scott on the same club, I hope to see some kind of super Hairston, like a Voltron Hairston that's capable of playing defense and hitting well but counts as two roster spots. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Wade LeBlanc has thrown 7,636 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Change (77mph), also mixing in a Sinker (89mph), Cutter (86mph) and Curve (76mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (78mph).