2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jose LeClerc
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at the Texas Rangers reliever and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Recency bias can cloud how fantasy owners target closers from season to season, but Jose Leclerc could be on the precipice of a breakout. He finished last year with 21 consecutive appearances during which LeClerc yielded only five hits and six walks while striking out 32 with 12 saves in them. LeClerc finished 2018 with two wins, 12 saves and 15 holds over 59 games.
Within his outings, Leclerc recorded 85 strikeouts against 25 walks with a 1.56 ERA, 3.10 xFIP and 0.85 WHIP. He boasted a 38.1 percent strikeout rate accompanied an 11.2 percent walk rate. LeClerc finished with a 17.1 swinging strike percentage, limited contact to 62.9 percent and generated a 31.6 percent chase rate.
LeClerc’s .126 batting average against represents the lowest among qualified relievers last year while his ERA ranked third overall behind only Blake Treinen and Jeremy Jeffress . As a part of his late season surge, Leclerc recorded a 0.55 ERA in his last 32 games, allowed a run in only three of...