The Rangers have added right-hander Dominic Leone on a minor league deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Leone will receive an invite to spring training. Leone is represented by Frye McCann Sports.
The 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he pitched 49 1/3 innings for the Giants, working to a 4.01 ERA. That mark came with a 23.4% strikeout rate and a 10.8% walk rate.
Originally taken in the 16th round of the 2012 draft by the Mariners, Leone, like a lot of relievers, has had an up-and-down career, scattering in some quality seasons with a few poor ones as well. He burst onto the scene with Seattle in 2014, working to a 2.17 ERA over 66 1/3 frames, but followed that up with a combined 8.40 ERA for Seattle and Arizona in 2015. 2016 saw his ERA at 6.33 for the Diamondbacks, before he put in an elite 2.56 ERA over 70 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays.
That season with the Blue Jays was enough for the Cardinals to part with Randal Grichuk to acquire Leone and Connor Greene. Yet Leone’s struggles would return in St Louis, and he’d own a 5.15 ERA over three seasons there. He’d struggle in a subsequent season with the Guardians, before bouncing back with an excellent debut campaign with the Giants in 2021. That year, Leone would work to a 1.51 ERA over 53 2/3 innings.
All told, Leone owns a career 3.69 ERA over 356 innings across parts of nine big league seasons. There’s not a lot to be taken from his career average given the volatility of his performance, but it’s clear there’s also still a bit of upside there. In Texas, Leone will reunite with some familiar faces, having worked with pitching coach Mike Maddux in St Louis, as well as Chris Young in Seattle.
Never mediocre results.
Hope it’s a good year.
Was really good with the Giants right up until he turned terrible.
You give Texas Rangers some credit there trying to win.
However In state that has a powerhouse team name the Houston Astros It tall mountain to climb.
In due time, everything changes.
Houston built a team off decades of losing with high draft picks. It takes time
Once Upon a Time In Arlington
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It’s strange that a guy with a 2.71 ERA and a 151 ERA+ the last 2 seasons got just a minor league deal. Britton, on the other hand, is hoping his 2020 results (6.16 ERA the last 2 seasons) will get him a 9 MM aav. He should really live in the present. I love this pickup and would want maybe a guy like Corey Knebel/Brad Hand/Will Smith/Britton (if he comes down to planet Earth), and it’s an A+ offseason. Otherwise, maybe an A-
deGrom Texas Ranger
*An A offseason without, and an A+ with one of those guys
Idk why, but this man’s name sounds very familiar. Maybe it’s in trade rumors with Texas this past season.
How come the Fish did not pick up this guy for the bullpen mix? If they get a season somewhere in between his numbers of the previous two seasons, would be a solid 7th-8th inning option.
Originally taken in the 16th round of the 2012 draft by the Mariners, Leone, like a lot of relievers, has had an up-and-down career, scattering in some quality seasons with a few poor ones as well.
What a mess of commas. Try:
“Originally taken in the 16th round of the 2012 draft by the Mariners, Leone—like a lot of relievers—has had an up-and-down career, scattering in some quality seasons with a few poor ones as well.”