Ponce de Leon allowed three earned runs on four hits over 1.2 innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday. He struck out one.
Ponce de Leon successfully navigated the dangerous quartet of Mookie Betts, Max Muncy, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger in the seventh before unraveling in an eighth inning during which he yielded a solo home run to Gavin Lux and an RBI single to Matt Beaty before exiting. The rocky outing extended a rough patch for Ponce de Leon that's seen him allow at least one earned run in three of his last four appearances while pitching to a 9.64 ERA and 1.93 WHIP over the 4.2-inning sample. The right-hander has yet to truly hit his stride, as he now carries a bloated 7.64 ERA and 1.64 WHIP across 17.2 innings this season.
Ponce de Leon allowed one run on two hits over 1.1 innings against the Diamondbacks on Friday to earn the save. He struck out two and did not walk any batters.
Usual closer Alex Reyes was unavailable for the contest after pitching each of the previous two games, allowing Ponce de Leon to collect his second save in as many days. The right-hander was called upon in the eighth inning with two outs and the go-ahead run at the plate, and he managed to strike out David Peralta to end the threat. Ponce de Leon then stuck around for the ninth frame, allowing a run on a pair of hits and a hits batsman but finishing off the contest successfully. Reyes is 14-for-14 in save chances this season and has a stranglehold on the closer role for the Cardinals, but Ponce de Leon appears to be the favorite for save opportunities when the former is unavailable or deployed prior to the ninth inning.
Ponce de Leon pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in Thursday's 5-4 extra-inning win versus Arizona.
Regular closer Alex Reyes pitched the ninth inning and kept the game tied. St. Louis went ahead on a Yadier Molina double in the top of the 10th, and Ponce de Leon was able to stymie Arizona for his second career save. The right-hander has allowed two runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings since he returned from a shoulder injury. He has a 6.75 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 7:10 K:BB across 14.2 innings in nine outings (two starts) overall. Ponce de Leon isn't likely to see many high-leverage opportunities.
Ponce de Leon (shoulder) returned from the injured list Tuesday.
Ponce de Leon struggled to an 8.71 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in two starts in three relief appearances before being sidelined with shoulder inflammation in late April. He'll likely fill a lower-leverage relief role for now. Junior Fernandez was optioned in a corresponding move.
Ponce de Leon (shoulder) has been assigned to Triple-A Memphis to begin a rehab assignment, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ponce de Leon has been dealing with right shoulder inflammation for two weeks, but his rehab assignment signals that he's nearing his return to the major-league roster. Since Ponce de Leon has moved to the bullpen following his start in his season debut, he's unlikely to require much time to build up with Triple-A Memphis.
Ponce de Leon doesn't have any structural damage in his inflamed right shoulder and will undergo an injection to deal with the issue, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ponce de Leon got encouraging news regarding the injury Monday, though it's still not clear exactly when he's expected to return. He struggled to an 8.71 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 10.1 innings prior to landing on the injured list.
Ponce de Leon was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The move was backdated to Thursday, so Ponce de Leon could be eligible to return as soon as May 9, but it's unclear if the issue is minor enough for that to be a possibility. Jake Woodford was recalled in a corresponding move.
Ponce de Leon fired two scoreless innings to close out a win over the Nationals on Monday, allowing no hits or walks but hitting a batter while also recording a strikeout
The right-hander's plunking of Yan Gomes was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect line, as Ponce de Leon impressively fired 16 of 23 pitches for strikes in a much-needed confidence-building performance. The 29-year-old had opened the season in utterly forgettable fashion, giving up 10 earned runs across his first 7.1 innings over three appearances (two starts) prior to Monday's spotless outing.
Ponce de Leon will pitch out of the bullpen going forward and will be available in that role Tuesday against the Nationals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ponce de Leon can't really complain about the move, as he owns an 11.37 ERA, 2.21 WHIP and a 3:5 K:BB through two starts. He pitched most recently Sunday against the Brewers, lasting just 1.1 innings, so he should be ready to pitch again soon. Kwang Hyun Kim (back) will return to the starting rotation Saturday against the Phillies.
Ponce de Leon (1-1) allowed seven runs on six hits and four walks over 1.1 innings Sunday, taking the loss against Milwaukee.
Sunday was a day to forget for Ponce de Leon. The Brewers bounced early with a four-run first inning, including a two-run shot by Avisail Garcia. He was then chased from the game after allowing a three-run blast to Travis Shaw with just one out in the second. The 29-year-old could be moving back to the bullpen after this outing as Kwang Hyun Kim (back) is expected to return soon.
Ponce de Leon (1-0) picked up the win Monday as the Cards downed the Marlins, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three.
The right-hander wasn't particularly efficient, tossing 57 of 93 pitches for strikes and hitting two batters before getting the hook, but Ponce de Leon was able to minimize the damage against him in a 4-1 victory. He sets up to take the mound again Sunday at home against the Brewers.
Ponce de Leon, who allowed three earned runs on five hits and six walks while striking out three over 4.1 innings versus the Astros on Thursday, is on track to begin the season in the Cardinals' starting rotation, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Kwang Hyun Kim (back) is still building up to a starter's workload as camp winds down, allowing Ponce de Leon to open 2021 in the starting rotation. The 29-year-old may only receive one or two starts until Kim is fully stretched out, but a strong showing could go a long way toward creating additional opportunities. Ponce de Leon had eight starts in nine appearances with a 4.96 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 45:20 K:BB over 32.2 innings for the Cardinals in 2020.
Ponce de Leon allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks across five innings in a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Thursday. He struck out four.
The right-hander, who stretched out to 71 pitches, was more hittable than in any of his three previous trips to the mound this spring, but Ben Fredrickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Ponce de Leon was experimenting with a faster tempo and a move to the third-base side of the rubber. While the latter seemed to help him with location, Frederickson reports the former seemed to affect him during his one truly troublesome frame, the third. "I think I should have slowed down maybe a bit in that three-run inning," Ponce de Leon said. "It was kind of playing catch up, breath-wise. My delivery just felt off."
Ponce de Leon started Saturday's Grapefruit League win over the Marlins, allowing an earned run on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman across 3.2 innings. He struck out two.
Ponce de Leon entered spring training as a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, which, at the time, was the only projected vacancy. Subsequently, No. 3 starter Miles Mikolas (shoulder) has seen his chances of Opening Day availability diminish significantly, and more recently, No. 2 hurler Kwang Hyun Kim has been temporarily sidelined with back tightness after struggling with velocity early. Consequently, Ponce de Leon's chances of earning some early-season starts seem to have gone up, and Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports Saturday's outing naturally served to fuel his candidacy. "I was really encouraged by Ponce's start tonight," manager Mike Shildt said postgame. "His arsenal was quality tonight. Really big league quality for sure."
Ponce de Leon, who has a chance to win the No. 5 role in the starting rotation, allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk over two innings during a Grapefruit League tie with the Marlins on Monday. He struck out four.
While he's yet to open a game in either of his first two Grapefruit League turns, Ponce de Leon has essentially logged an early-spring starter's workload with his pair of two-inning appearances. Despite giving up consecutive two-baggers Monday, the 29-year-old has pitched well overall and owns a 2.25 ERA over his four-inning spring resume thus far.
Ponce de Leon, a candidate for the No. 5 role in the starting rotation, fired two scoreless innings in relief during a Grapefruit League tie with the Marlins on Tuesday, allowing one hit and two walks while recording two strikeouts.
The versatile right-hander got his spring off to a solid start with his scoreless outing, coming on in relief of starter Adam Wainwright after the veteran worked the first pair of frames. Ponce de Leon is likely to get at least one opportunity to start during spring training, but Tuesday's performance showcased his well-established ability to work effectively in long relief.
Ponce de Leon is a candidate for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation as spring training begins, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
There are several candidates for the final spot in the rotation as spring training opens, as Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes and even Johan Oviedo are also in contention. Silver points out that if manager Mike Shildt ultimately opts to go with a more steady presence, Ponce de Leon could be the choice, considering he's performed well overall in his 20 career starts and finished 2020 with a 2.65 ERA and 12.7 K/9 in the 17 innings covering his last three trips to the mound. The 29-year-old right-hander has also proven effective as a reliever, however, so there's also the chance he's a victim of his own versatility if Shildt decides Ponce de Leon's services could be better utilized in the bullpen.
The Cardinals added Ponce de Leon to their 28-man roster Wednesday ahead of the team's wild-card series with the Padres, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ponce de Leon is slated to work in long relief for the Cardinals, which have already announced their starters for the three-game series (Kwang Hyun Kim, Adam Wainwright and Jack Flaherty). After struggling with his control through much of August, Ponce de Leon settled into a groove in September, posting a 3.15 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 28:6 K:BB in 20 innings across his four appearances.
Ponce de Leon was returned to the Cardinals' taxi squad Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Ponce de Leon recorded his first win of the season during his start in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Brewers, but he'll return to the taxi squad with two games remaining in the regular season. It's unclear if the right-hander will be utilized in any capacity if the Cardinals qualify for the playoffs.
Ponce de Leon (1-3) struck out six and picked up the win in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Brewers, allowing one run on one hit and two walks over six innings in a 9-1 rout by the Cardinals.
The right-hander appeared headed for a seven-inning no-hitter before Orlando Arcia led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot. Ponce de Leon finished his evening having thrown 99 pitches (60 strikes), and his strong work in September -- 3.15 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 28:6 K:BB in 20 innings over four starts -- may have been enough to secure a job in the rotation during the playoffs, should the Cards hold onto their spot over the final games of the regular season.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/11||@ CHC||L 5-8||1.0||1||1||0||2|
|06/08||vs CLE||L 1-10||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|06/05||vs CIN||L 2-5||2.0||2||0||0||2|
|06/03||vs CIN||L 2-4||1.0||1||1||2||3|
|05/31||@ LAD||L 4-9||1.2||4||3||0||1|
|05/28||@ ARI||W 8-6||1||1.1||2||1||0||2|
|05/27||@ ARI||W 5-4||1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||ASX-State College Spikes||44.1||12||10||0||3||3||0||52||14||38||2.45||1.179|
|2015||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||42.1||7||6||0||5||0||0||25||8||29||1.50||0.879|