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Top Jack Leiter News

  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Plagued by control issues

    Leiter has a 4.92 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 107:50 K:BB through 89.2 innings for Double-A Frisco this year.

    While Leiter has recently avoided the epic implosions that he suffered through several times earlier this year, he's simply been unable to get a handle on his control issues. The 22-year-old righty has walked three or more hitters in four of his last six starts, and he hasn't finished six innings since way back on May 7. On the bright side, he's done a good job keeping the ball in the yard, he's got a sharp 10.8 K/9, and there's some bad luck in his strand rate, so Leiter hasn't totally lost his prospect allure despite what's been a difficult season.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Activated at Double-A

    Leiter (arm) returned from the developmental list and started Sunday for Double-A Frisco, covering 1.1 innings and striking out two while allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks.

    Leiter was deactivated for about two and a half weeks due to right arm fatigue, but the 22-year-old was likely due to miss some starts in 2022 anyway even if his health hadn't been a concern. The right-hander is believed to be fine physically, but his return to the Frisco rotation still didn't go quite as well as planned. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft remains a high-end pitching prospect, but his first exposure to professional ball hasn't been a smooth one. Through 55.2 innings with Frisco this season, Leiter owns a 5.66 ERA and 1.58 WHIP and has walked 12.7 percent of the batters he's faced.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Dealing with arm fatigue

    Double-A Frisco placed Leiter on its development list Wednesday while he contends with minor arm fatigue, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Leiter will miss his upcoming start as a result of the move, but the Rangers are optimistic that the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft is dealing with a short-term injury that will be resolved within the next week. The 22-year-old right-hander has endured a somewhat rocky first season in professional ball, allowing only four home runs and racking up 68 strikeouts over 54.1 innings but walking 12.6 percent of the batters he's faced.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Shakes off first inning

    Leiter allowed two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out five over five innings for Double-A Frisco on Thursday.

    Leiter, who had been roughed up in his two previous outings, appeared headed for a third poor start after hitting a batter and giving up three hits and two runs in the first inning. However, the 22-year-old right-hander responded by allowing just one base runner over the next four innings. The prized prospect lowered his ERA from 6.38 to 5.90.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Makes second MILB start

    Leiter allowed one run on one hit and three walks while striking out four over four innings for Double-A Frisco in Saturday's game against San Antonio.

    Leiter made his second start for Frisco, and his control was a little erratic. He needed 75 pitches (42 strikes) to complete his four innings and has walked five over seven innings. The good news is that the 21-year-old struck out 11 and allowed two runs on two hits in two starts, good for a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Begins career at Double-A

    The Rangers assigned Leiter to Double-A Frisco on Thursday, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports.

    After being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in last June's first-year player draft and inking a $7.92 million signing bonus, Leiter didn't make his professional debut for the Rangers in 2021. His lack of usage was mainly a result of workload management rather than any concern about his readiness for minor-league action, as Leiter had already piled up plenty of innings in the spring during his final collegiate season at Vanderbilt. After having ample time to rest up, Leiter joined the Rangers' big-league camp this spring and showed enough promise for the organization to have him bypass the rookie-ball, Low-A and High-A levels entirely. Leiter should be one of the first pitchers from the 2021 draft class to arrive in the big leagues, though it may not happen until 2023, unless the Rangers find themselves in playoff contention later this summer.

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  • Rangers' Jack Leiter: Makes spring debut

    Leiter allowed one hit, two walks and hit a batter while striking out two over 1.1 scoreless innings in a scrimmage against the Royals on Friday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    This marked the first time Leiter pitched in a semi-real game since last July, when he fanned eight batters in Game 1 of the College Word Series for Vanderbilt. "It was awesome to get out here and face another team," Leiter said. "I think kind of everyone was, with it being the first game of spring training, a little jumpy, but super excited. And I think at times that played against me today. It happens." The right-hander threw 30 pitches, and the one hit allowed was to Kansas City top prospect Bobby Witt. It's unclear at which level the Rangers' 2021 first-round draft pick will begin his professional career.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Summit, NJ
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: R, R