Wade LeBlanc pitched for the San Diego Padres, for the last four seasons before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. He was traded to the Rays for John Baker on November 22, 2011.
LeBlanc who attended Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana posted a 17-22 record for the Padres. He is one of the best hitting pitchers in the majors with a .287 lifetime average. He hit .375 in 2008 and .364 in 2011.
Last spring LeBlanc didn’t pitch well for the Padres with a 0-3 record and a 7.78 ERA. He allowed 17 runs and 27 hits in 19.2 innings. Opponents hit .329 against LeBlanc, while posting a 1.53 ERA.
This spring has been a different story for LeBlanc, as he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings. He has only allowed one hit this spring and opponents are hitting .030 against him and has an incredible WHIP of 0.10.
LeBlanc will be a pitcher to watch the rest of the spring and into the 2012 season. If his success carries over into the 2012 season, he would give the Rays starting rotation another dependable starter.