Leon was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The 30-year-old was impressive this spring, but he wasn't on the 40-man roster, so the odds were against him to break camp with the Tigers. Leon figures to head to Triple-A Toledo and could be an early option for the Tigers if they need to make any bullpen changes.
Leon will join Venezuela's bullpen for the second round of the World Baseball Classic, MLive.com reports. Leon has been a pleasant surprise during spring training, and now he'll get the chance to pitch for his national team on a big stage. His earliest opportunity could come on Wednesday, when Venezuela takes on the powerful U.S. squad.
Leon has been impressing Tigers management during spring training, MLive.com reports. The 30-year-old, who spent 2016 playing in Mexico, has hit 97 mph with his fastball and hasn't allowed a run or a hit while striking out four over 3.1 spring innings. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Leon has "opened eyes in the dugout." However, Leon is a bit of a journeyman who's never pitched past Triple-A, so he's still a long shot to make an impact for the Tigers in 2017.
Leon signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Leon spent 2016 in playing in Mexico with decent results, but the 30-year-old hasn't seen a whole lot of success in the U.S. since his time with the Brewers' Double-A affiliate back in 2014. He has shown a solid ability to strike batters out, but his lack of control and past inability to keep runs off the board will likely keep him in the minors.
The White Sox made a series of moves as they work toward putting together a 25-man roster. Chicago optioned pitcher Erik Johnson and outrighted pitchers Maikel Cleto and Onelki Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. They reassigned pitcher Jairo Asencio, outfielder Engel Beltre, catcher George Kottaras and pitcher Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp. These moves give the White Sox 28 players left in major-league camp. The 40-man roster is not down to 37.