How did he get here?: Signed as free agent, February 2005
Stats: 6'1", 162 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 23
Baseball America said that Arcenio Leon had the Astros' best fastball back in November. And while that may be the case, it doesn't look like he knows where it's going, what with a BB/9 rate that jumped from 3.5 to 6.2 from 2008 to 2009. Leon threw a career high in IP this year, but also jumped in HR/9, walks (from 19 in 2008 to 49 in 2009), WHIP, wild pitches (20. 20!), Hits/9, and a career-low in K:BB ratio. So what has happened? I don't know, but it ain't good.
What went right?
Leon's last ten games. After posting ERAs of 7.30 and 9.00 in June and July, respectively, Leon got it somewhat together by throwing a 4.32 ERA/1.74 WHIP. And yes, that's an improvement.
What went wrong?
Take your pick. Between the walks and wild pitches, it doesn't matter how much gas you're throwing. So unless the Legends brings in Crash Davis as the catcher, Leon needs to work on that control.