Fluid, easy leg lift, hand separation to max effort, violent finish leading to crossfire. Above-average arm speed at three-quarters arm slot. Clean, loose arm action. Tendency to head whack when overthrowing. Clean, strong drive towards plate, slightly closed at foot strike. Overall, smooth body motion and arm action with tendency to overthrow. Some timing issues with repeatability by missing balance point. Delivery times ranged from 1.22 to 1.47 with runners on.
Frisco RoughRiders (AA, Rangers)
4/25; 5/28; 6/20; 7/16
four-seam fastball with late life and arm side run; ball may cut when frontside opens early and arm comes through slot low; 45-grade command but can improve with less violent finish.
12-6 shape with depth and sharp bite; tendency to slow down arm speed with curveball causing inconsistency with command
Relatively flat change with a hint of arm side run; No plane change; Average command with a plus change in speed; Arm speed replication of fastball
Cut changeup with plus tumble at plate; Arm speed replication of fastball but can have command issues and inconsistency; Slider like appearance to hitters
While Leclerc started off slowly as a starter this year he has shown flashes of excellence periodically throughout the season. This was very much a learning and maturation year for him as far as understanding his repertoire and his pitchability. He still has his moments of overthrowing and not trusting his body which leads to the elevation of pitches. When he stays within himself and works at a controlled pace he can be lights out. The name of the game for Leclerc is command and repeatability with his mechanics. The inconsistency and inability to string together quality starts is very concerning and signifies he may be better suited for the bullpen in the future. Leclerc's walk totals are too high to carry him through the 5th inning typically. He's the type of pitcher with plus stuff that can be more effective on an inning-to-inning basis.