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Crystal Ball: Jose De Leon, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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One possible future for the Tampa Bay Rays rookie. . .

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Here's a Crystal Ball, by reader request, for Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Jose De Leon.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will definitely turn out." The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground. You can pick out the imagined injuries, trades, and free agent signings. Teams are more or less random once you get past six years.

In the case of Jose De Leon, he had a rough spring training and was recently optioned to Triple-A, though his strong start for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic shows what he is capable of. This CB assumes he still gets significant pitching time half in Tampa this year.

Jose De Leon
Year Team G GS IP H R ER W L ERA K BB SV Age K/9 BB/9 H/9
2016 Dodgers 4 4 17 19 17 12 2 0 6.35 15 7 0 23 7.94 3.71 10.06
2017 Rays 22 22 109 103 53 50 7 7 4.13 93 42 0 24 7.68 3.47 8.505
2018 Rays 31 31 184 183 85 82 11 11 4.01 165 70 0 25 8.07 3.42 8.951
2019 Rays 33 33 200 179 86 83 12 10 3.74 179 75 0 26 8.06 3.38 8.055
2020 Rays 27 27 162 170 85 77 7 10 4.28 143 67 0 27 7.94 3.72 9.444
2021 Rays 2 2 11 7 1 1 2 0 0.82 12 2 0 28 9.82 1.64 5.727
2022 Rays 7 4 32 37 16 15 1 2 4.22 21 17 0 29 5.91 4.78 10.41
2023 Rays 10 10 59 70 37 36 3 5 5.49 33 32 0 30 5.03 4.88 10.68
2024 Indians 57 0 98 84 30 29 6 3 2.66 82 33 4 31 7.53 3.03 7.714
2025 Indians 64 0 72 67 27 22 2 5 2.75 73 22 39 32 9.13 2.75 8.375
2026 Indians 65 0 74 63 19 19 4 2 2.31 68 19 40 33 8.27 2.31 7.662
2027 Indians 44 0 46 47 23 19 3 3 3.72 42 16 14 34 8.22 3.13 9.196
2028 Indians 52 0 57 46 16 16 4 2 2.53 49 17 29 35 7.74 2.68 7.263
2029 Mets 61 0 68 65 27 24 5 3 3.18 69 18 27 36 9.13 2.38 8.603
2030 Mets 68 0 70 71 33 32 5 6 4.11 65 22 19 37 8.36 2.83 9.129
2031 Pirates 17 0 22 17 4 4 2 0 1.64 23 5 3 38 9.41 2.05 6.955
2032 Pirates 44 0 46 43 22 18 5 2 3.52 32 12 5 39 6.26 2.35 8.413
2033 Cubs 32 0 34 35 19 19 2 3 5.03 19 15 2 40 5.03 3.97 9.265
640 133 1361 1306 600 558 83 74 3.69 1183 491 182 7.82 3.25 8.636