De Leon was optioned off the Reds' roster Saturday. De Leon will remain with the team as part of the taxi squad for now. He endured quite a tough time in his lone appearance this season, allowing eight runs in 1.2 innings against Cleveland on Thursday. Joe Kuhnel was recalled in a corresponding move.
De Leon gave up eight runs on four hits and four walks in 1.2 innings against Cleveland on Thursday. He struck out three. His first inning in a Reds uniform was quite good, as De Leon sat down the side in order in the sixth with two strikeouts. The seventh inning was a completely different story; De Leon loaded the bases and went on to issue three bases-loaded walks in what turned into a nightmarish frame. De Leon had some hype as a prospect and we will likely see him on a big-league mound again this year, but he may head back to the alternate site for now in exchange for a fresh arm.
De Leon was recalled from the Reds' alternate training site Thursday. De Leon wasn't part of the Reds' 40-man roster while working with the team during summer camp, but he'll join the major-league bullpen after Brooks Raley was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The right-hander returned to the mound in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2018. However, he pitched just four innings in the majors with the Rays, posting a 2.25 ERA and 7:3 K:BB during that time. Given his small sample in the big leagues in past seasons, De Leon should occupy a lower-leverage role in the bullpen.
De Leon will be a part of the Reds' 60-man player pool this season. He is on the 40-man roster but will not be among the group training at Great American Ball Park. De Leon spent the majority of 2019 pitching at Triple-A as a member of the Rays organization, logging a 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 73:27 K:BB in 51.1 innings.
De Leon was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. De Leon was acquired from the Rays in November and had an outside chance at cracking the Opening Day roster, but he's now set to begin the season -- whenever that occurs -- in the minors. The 27-year-old had a 3.51 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 73:27 K:BB over 51.1 innings at Triple-A last season, though he also had three big-league appearances.