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62 Daniel Ponce de Leon SP

St. Louis Cardinals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
8%1%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
40106.7583
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019STL123.70138000048.2362120622652
2020STL016.752000004.02331138

Player Updates

August 8, 2020 03:36 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Cardinals-Cubs postponed Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon won't start as scheduled Friday against the Cubs since the game was postponed following more positive COVID-19 test results from the Cardinals, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

The Cardinals were set to resume their season Friday after their past two series were postponed following the team's COVID-19 outbreak last week, but it appears they aren't out of the woods yet and produced another positive test result. It remains unclear what this means for the rest of the series against the Cubs, but it's a troublesome development with the Cardinals already out of action since July 29.

August 6, 2020 07:04 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Announced as Friday's starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon will start Friday's game against the Cubs, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

In the Cardinals' first game back on the field since their long layoff, Ponce de Leon will take the mound since he was the most recent starter to pitch. In order to preserve the pitching staff's long-term health, manager Mike Shildt elected to push Jack Flaherty's start back to Sunday or Monday. Ponce de Leon has made two appearances (one start) for St. Louis to begin the season, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight over four innings.

July 30, 2020 02:16 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Mixed bag in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon (0-1) took the loss against Minnesota on Wednesday, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight in 3.2 innings.

Ponce de Leon was far from efficient in his first start of the campaign, tossing 85 pitches (52 for strikes) in his 3.2 innings. Part of that can be attributed to Minnesota's knack for fouling off pitches -- they racked up 19 foul balls against Ponce de Leon -- though the right-hander's three free passes didn't help. Despite the loss, Ponce de Leon gave up only two hits while racking up an impressive eight strikeouts, so he could stick in the rotation with Miles Mikolas (forearm) out for the season.

July 28, 2020 06:04 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Slated to start Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon will start Wednesday's game against the Twins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Ponce de Leon will fill in as a starter for Miles Mikolas (forearm), who will miss the remainder of the season. The right-hander made a brief appearance as a reliever Saturday, allowing no baserunners while recording one out. Manager Mike Shildt revealed Tuesday that the appearance helped to keep him on a throwing schedule in case he had to fill in Wednesday, so Ponce de Leon should be fully rested heading into his start.

July 22, 2020 05:16 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Dealt with spasm
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon felt what was described as a slight spasm in his neck/shoulder area while pitching in Sunday's intrasquad game, but he remained in the contest and the issue isn't expected to limit him moving forward, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

The versatile right-hander allowed a two-run home run to Justin Williams during his outing, but he appeared to be no worse for wear with respect to the physical issue after a mound visit from manager Mike Shildt, pitching coach Mike Maddux and head trainer Adam Olsen. Ponce de Leon is expected to begin the season filling what could be multiple bullpen roles. Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com reports Shildt officially confirmed Monday the 28-year-old will be on the Opening Day roster.

July 5, 2020 02:52 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Ready for any role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon, who threw live batting practice during Saturday's summer camp workout, could be used as either a reserve starter or long reliever in the early portion of the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

Ponce de Leon had already made a formidable case for an Opening Day roster spot with an impressive spring before play was paused, and the expanded rosters that will be in play for approximately the first month of the 60-game season only enhance his chances. The versatile right-hander tweaked his cutter and curveball grips during the shutdown, and he utilized those pitches alongside his changeup and fastball during Saturday's workout. Ponce de Leon also maintained a regular throwing routine over the last three-plus months, as he was able to play catch frequently at a local park and throw bullpen sessions twice a week at Stetson College near his home in Florida.

June 7, 2020 03:52 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Projected for middle-inning work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon is projected to primarily log middle-relief work during any 2020 season that unfolds, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Goold lists Ponce de Leon as one of the Cardinals' natural middle relievers now that Miles Mikolas (forearm) is expected to be ready from the onset of a delayed regular season and Kwang-Hyun Kim is projected to round out a likely six-man rotation. Ponce de Leon is a natural for a multi-inning bullpen role, considering he has no shortage of starting experience at both the minor- and major-league levels and has proven effective as both a reliever and occasional member of the rotation. The 28-year-old reinforced his candidacy for a big-league roster spot by posting an 0.69 ERA across four Grapefuit League appearances before spring training was suspended.

March 30, 2020 11:16 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Excels in spring play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon, who posted an 0.69 ERA across four Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended, has already proven worthy of an Opening Day roster spot, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

Ponce de Leon entered camp with a strong chance at sticking past final cuts, considering he's already proven capable of thriving at the big-league level by posting a 3.31 ERA and recording 83 strikeouts across 81.2 innings over his first pair of stints with the Cardinals. Solid as those numbers are, Ponce de Leon was even more impressive this spring across his 13 innings, and the fact he's proven capable of transitioning seamlessly from reliever to spot starter when needed makes him a particularly valuable asset for manager Mike Shildt.

March 10, 2020 08:24 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Dominates in extended appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon fired five scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League win over the Twins on Monday, allowing two hits and two walks while recording two strikeouts.

The right-hander was credited with a hold for his stellar multi-inning outing, which lowered his spring ERA to 0.69. The appearance was the embodiment of the versatility that makes Ponce de Leon so valuable to the Cardinals, and it also underscored the fact he's certainly stretched out sufficiently to open the season in a temporary rotation role and/or make the occasional spot start as the campaign unfolds.

February 29, 2020 11:28 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Dominant in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon fired three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Friday, allowing two hits while recording four strikeouts.

The right-hander encouragingly refrained from issuing any free passes, a particularly gratifying outcome for Ponce de Leon considering how hard he worked on his command during the offseason. Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports Ponce de Leon effectively utilized his high fastball and curveball during the outing while also experimenting with a new grip on his slider picked up from teammate Austin Gomber. Ponce de Leon remains a candidate for one of the Cards' two open rotation spots, but manager Mike Shildt envisions the 28-year-old fitting in seamlessly almost anywhere on the staff. "He can make a real impact because his stuff is really good," Shildt said. "He's got multiple weapons that the eye test will tell you and the measurables will tell you that are real weapons."

February 18, 2020 09:44 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Tweaks delivery in offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon spent the offseason smoothing out his delivery in an effort to generate better control, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander has posted a solid 3.31 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 24 big-league appearances, but he also generated an unsightly 4.8 BB/9 in 2019. Ponce de Leon therefore went to work on his delivery this offseason, especially on offspeed pitches, which he seemed to have the most trouble locating last season. With Miles Mikolas now set to miss at least one month while dealing with a sore flexor tendon, Ponce de Leon is also a candidate for a temporary spot in the starting rotation, although he still has a better chance of slotting back into a bullpen role.

October 4, 2019 11:20 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Makes NLDS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon is on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Braves.

The 27-year-old only made three appearances in September but will be available out of the bullpen for the NLDS. Ponce de Leon carries a 3.70 ERA with 52 strikeouts over 13 appearances (eight starts) in 2019.

September 30, 2019 06:44 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Frustrated with recent inactivity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon, who's logged only one appearance since Sept. 7, has not seen more opportunities due to his designated long-relief role, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Everyone has a spot and his spot has not come up," said manager Mike Shildt.

The young right-hander said he felt plenty of rust when called up on for three innings in Tuesday's 19-inning marathon against the Diamondbacks, but Ponce de Leon battled through and ended up logging three scoreless innings. Ponce de Leon remains hopeful of pitching in the postseason, but he's skeptical of his chances due to his recent lack of opportunity. "The goal is I want to pitch in the postseason, man," he said Saturday. "We've clinched the postseason, and I want to pitch so bad in the postseason. But there is no way you can make the postseason roster if you don't pitch. Sitting out there in September, you can't make the roster. That's what has really made me frustrated -- knowing that if I'm not getting innings now there's no way to crack the roster."

September 9, 2019 12:16 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Moves to bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon struck out three and worked around a walk in a scoreless inning of relief In Saturday's 10-1 win.

Ponce de Leon was called up from Triple-A Memphis for a spot start in the second game of a Sept. 1 doubleheader with the Reds, but he shifted to the bullpen once he had a chance to recover from the four-inning outing. So long as the Cardinals' continue to jockey for playoff positioning and the team's top five starters remain healthy, Ponce de Leon doesn't look like he'll be in line to re-enter the rotation. According to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, manager Mike Shildt confirmed as much Saturday, when he provided an outline for the Cardinals' rest-of-season pitching schedule that didn't include Ponce de Leon.

September 2, 2019 07:32 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Takes loss in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon (1-2) suffered the loss in the second game of a doubleheader against Cincinnati on Sunday, hurling four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

Ponce de Leon was called up from Triple-A Memphis prior to the game to make the spot start and completed four innings before exiting in the fifth after giving up a homer, double and HBP without retiring a batter. The 27-year-old has now thrown 44.2 innings in the majors this season, compiling a 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 46:22 K:BB. His next appearance will likely be out of the bullpen.

September 1, 2019 11:56 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Called up for doubleheader start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals recalled Ponce de Leon ahead of his scheduled start in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.

Ponce de Leon will only be in line for a spot start this weekend, but a strong showing versus Cincinnati may convince manager Mike Shildt to give the right-hander another look in the rotation at some point later in September. The Cardinals' current No. 5 starter, Michael Wacha, tossed seven quality frames in one end of a doubleheader Saturday but has otherwise underwhelmed lately, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.62 WHIP across his prior four outings.

August 30, 2019 08:32 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Start pushed to Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds.

Ponce de Leon was initially on track to start the second game of Saturday's matchup, but he'll now toe the rubber for Game 2 on Sunday after Friday's matchup was postponed.

August 30, 2019 06:04 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Starting Game 2 of twin bill
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

As expected, Ponce de Leon will be promoted from the minors to start Saturday for the big-league club. He owns a 3.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with a 44:21 K:BB over 40.2 innings this season in the majors.

August 29, 2019 11:16 PM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Set to start Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Mike Shildt told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Ponce de Leon will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday to start one of the doubleheader games against the Reds.

The Cardinals need an additional starter this weekend thanks to Saturday's twin bill, so Ponce de Leon will rejoin the big-league rotation after spending the past month in the minors. The right-hander impressed across five starts with Memphis following his demotion, posting a 0.93 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 39:13 K:BB in 29 innings. Ponce de Leon will likely head to the bullpen for the stretch run following Saturday's spot start.

August 12, 2019 02:56 AM
Cardinals' Daniel Ponce de Leon: Dominating down on farm
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ponce de Leon has fired 11 scoreless innings during which he's generated a 19:3 K:BB over his first two outings since returning to Triple-A Memphis on July 31.

As his numbers corroborate, the right-hander has been dominant since his return. but manager Mike Shildt is still looking to see more, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. The Cardinals' skipper emphasized that he needs to see Ponce de Leon string together a longer stretch of similar starts before he's considered for a return to the big-league club, but the 27-year-old is certainly off to a good start in that regard.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 19.100 2.7901429
vs RHB 29.100 4.3001223
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020STL016.752100004.02331138
2019STL123.70138000048.7362120622652
2018STL022.73114001133.0241010211331
Total153.48013001185.3623433944291
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020STL0130.3000000.1431.2501813.50
2019STL345421.1000102.2071.27420311.84
2018STL026370.7000000.2051.12113210.36
Total372820.9002102.2031.21935311.39
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2014ASX-State College Spikes 44.1121003305214382.451.179
2015AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals 42.1760500258291.500.879
2015AFX-Peoria Chiefs 76.2131316206222722.481.234
2016AA-Springfield Cardinal151.027271980122561283.521.218
2017AAA-Memphis Redbirds 29.06602002513202.171.138
2018AAA-Memphis Redbirds 96.11918194011050692.251.238
2019AAA-Memphis Redbirds 84.1161608408643622.891.248
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/205
Birthdate:
1/16/1992
Age:
28
Hometown:
Anaheim, CA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
St. Louis Cardinals
College:

MLB Experience:
3