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8/7/1984 (32 y, 7 m, 19 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 17, Overall: 61, Team: San Diego Padres
$0.8M / 1 Years (2017) + 1 Option Years
LeBlanc agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (12/2/2016)
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If someone ever asks for evidence that Petco Park is the most pitcher friendly ballpark on the planet, simply point to Leblanc. In 2010, he posted a 2.71 ERA at home and a 6.11 ERA on the road, almost exclusively due to a home run rate that was twice as high away from the cozy confines of San Diego. His soft-tossing approach simply didn’t work in parks where the walls were a reasonable distance from the plate, and he gave up a staggering 2.04 HR/9 on the road. If you play in a daily line-up league where you can manipulate the roster so that LeBlanc only starts for you when he’s pitching at home, he’s a decent option as a cheap ERA buy. If you’re also forced to take his road starts in the package, then you might want to look elsewhere. His smoke and mirrors routine will only work for so long. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
A Petco mirage, he's likely to be overrated by the guy in your league who doesn't get park factors.
Any time a pitcher gets traded out of San Diego, his value is likely to drop, but LeBlanc just may be the exception to that rule. In 2011, he featured a minimal home-road split, with a 3.97 FIP at Petco and a 3.99 FIP away from home. In addition, he is moving to a new ballpark in Miami and while it is difficult to predict how a new park will play, the measurements in Miami suggest that stadium will be pitcher-friendly. LeBlanc, however, needs to bring up his strikeout rate (6.29 per nine in his Major League career) if he is going to carry much fantasy value. If his new home park helps him out as much as his old park did, LeBlanc should post an ERA around 4.00, but there is some risk involved with a starter moving out of San Diego, and he isn't going to provide much value in the counting stats. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
The new stadium in Miami will have a big effect on LeBlanc's value. He needed PetCo to have any shot at real fantasy value, and barely had any while pitching there -- if Miami isn't a significant pitchers' park, LeBlanc will be unownable.
Unless the Marlins make a surprise signing prior to spring training, LeBlanc should get a chance as the their fifth starter. The lefty reeled in his control a bit last year, lowering his walks per nine to 2.5, but he doesn't have enough fantasy-relevant skills nor a good enough supporting cast to give him much worth. He hardly misses bats -- 7.4% swinging strikes, 5.6 strikeouts per nine in 2012 -- and he doesn't get ground balls -- 34.4% in 2012. Even if he conspires with his home park to produce a solid ERA like he did last season (3.67), he's unlikely to contribute in the other basic fantasy statistics. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
LeBlanc has uninspiring stuff and uninspiring peripherals. The result, unsurprisingly, is an uninspiring fantasy profile for the presumptive Marlins' fifth starter.
LeBlanc has been on the bubble between Triple-A and the major leagues for his entire career, seeing at least some time in the majors during every year from 2008-2014. His staying power should be admired, even though he has been a replacement level player during his usually brief stays at the big league level. After pitching in Japan during 2015, he'll most likely serve his usual role for the Blue Jays this coming season, remaining in the minors unless an injury requires a spot starter or bullpen depth. (Owen Watson)
The Quick Opinion:
After eight years of bouncing between Triple-A and the majors for the Padres, Marlins, Angels, and finally Japan's Saitama Seibu Lions, LeBlanc signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training in 2016. Any fantasy production this season will be in the form of fill in, replacement-level bullpen work or spot starts.
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