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Wade LeBlanc | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 209
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates activated LHP Wade LeBlanc from the bereavement list.
LeBlanc will be available out of the Pirates' bullpen on Saturday night against the Padres after missing a couple of games because of an illness in his family. The left-hander has posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 44/13 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season out of the Pittsburgh bullpen. Aug 5 - 8:29 PM

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Pirates placed LHP Wade LeBlanc on the bereavement list.

There is an illness in LeBlanc's family which will require him to step away from the team for a few days. The Pirates are calling up reliever Dovydas Neverauskas to fill his spot until he is ready to return to the team.
Aug 2 - 5:16 PM

Wade LeBlanc was credited with a save for pitching three scoreless innings Tuesday against the Reds.

LeBlanc finished off a 12-3 game tonight. He's done well in his middle relief/mop-up role, posting a 2.76 ERA in 16 1/3 innings.
May 2 - 10:31 PM

Wade LeBlanc allowed one run and one hit over 5 1/3 innings of long relief Monday against the Reds.

The lone hit was Eugenio Suarez's homer. The Pirates have Trevor Williams, Drew Hutchison and Steven Brault as rotation alternatives, but LeBlanc doesn't want to be forgotten about if the need arises. He made eight starts last year, all of them coming for the Mariners before the Pirates picked him up in September.
Apr 10 - 11:09 PM

Pirates and LHP Wade LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract with a $1.5 million option for 2018.

He's guaranteed a total of $800,000 when adding in a $50,000 buyout for 2018. LeBlanc has posted a 4.39 ERA over 126 appearances -- 79 starts -- across parts of eight major league seasons. He should serve as a long reliever next season.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:45:00 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Wade LeBlanc from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

LeBlanc was pushed off the Mariners' 40-man roster late last month despite posting a decent 1.22 WHIP and 41/19 K/BB ratio in 50 innings (eight stars, three relief appearances). Those numbers did come with an unsightly 4.50 ERA. The veteran left-hander figures to work out of the bullpen initially in Pittsburgh, but he could get a start at some point in the season's final weeks.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Mariners sent LHP Wade LeBlanc outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

LeBlanc cleared waivers after being designated for assignment late last month. The veteran lefty could help Triple-A Tacoma during their playoff run.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Mariners designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment.

LeBlanc had registered a 4.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 41/9 K/BB ratio in 50 innings (eight starts, three relief appearances) for the Mariners. He could have some appeal on waivers as a long reliever or swingman.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Wade LeBlanc moved to 3-0 for the Mariners after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Brewers.

LeBlanc yielded three homers, but he had sufficient support from the Mariners' offense to overcome it. It's likely that LeBlanc's status at the back of the Seattle rotation will be evaluated after each one of his starts. He should get another turn next week, but ideally, he'd be replaced by Taijuan Walker pretty soon.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 02:37:00 AM

Wade LeBlanc earned his first victory of the season on Sunday, striking out seven over six innings of three-run ball against the Athletics.

LeBlanc scattered five hits and one walk on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Ryan Healy launching a solo homer in the second inning and Khris Davis blasting a two-run shot in the sixth. He'll look to carry over this strong start when he takes on the Brewers on Friday.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Wade LeBlanc tossed a mediocre five innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Tigers, surrendering four runs on 10 hits, including two homers.

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez collected RBI singles against LeBlanc in the first inning. Cabrera struck again in the third inning, this time on a solo home run. J.D. Martinez would polish off the scoring on LeBlanc's line with a solo dinger of his own in the fifth inning. With this general slog of an outing in the books (he also walked three) the veteran southpaw finds himself holding a 4.71 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 36 1/3 innings. He should not be considered a slam dunk for another start given Tuesday's disappointing results.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 03:04:00 AM

Manager Scott Servais said the Mariners are leaning toward having Wade LeBlanc start Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Servais said he'll wait to see if LeBlanc is needed in the bullpen this weekend before making his decision. LeBlanc pitched reasonably well in a spot start against the Red Sox last week, allowing just three runs and five hits over six innings. The left-hander is undefeated with a 4.31 ERA in six outings (five starts) for the M's this season.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 06:12:00 PM

Wade LeBlanc turned in a quality start in Tuesday's no-decision against the Red Sox, surrendering three runs on five hits over six innings.

LeBlanc struck out five and walked one on the evening. An RBI double by David Ortiz in the first inning put the Red Sox up 1-0. They would push that lead to 3-0 via a solo home run by Hanley Ramirez and an RBI single by Aaron Hill in the fourth inning. LeBlanc pitched a clean game otherwise. The 31-year-old southpaw had been pitching out of the bullpen prior to Tuesday's outing. It remains to be seen whether he will make another spot start for the M's next time through the rotation. Through 31 1/3 innings, LeBlanc holds a 4.31 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 12:41:00 AM

Wade LeBlanc has been shifted to the bullpen.

But that could change next week as the Mariners navigate an eight-day span with three off days. LeBlanc has registered a cool 3.63 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 16/4 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings (four starts) this year for Seattle.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 04:02:00 PM

Wade LeBlanc surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings against the Astros on Wednesday, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out only two.

The veteran left-hander was making his third start of the season and this was his first bad one. His ERA climbs to 3.52 with 10 strikeouts and three walks in 15 1/3 innings. He was set to lose his slot in the Mariners' rotation when Felix Hernandez comes off the disabled list, but now that Taijuan Walker is hurt LeBlanc may get to stay.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 12:28:00 AM

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