Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on October 21, 2016 (DET). Originally signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) on Feb. 7, 2005 (HOU).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|1-1 with a 3.15 ERA and 10 saves in 21 games at Toledo (Triple-A), striking out 17 and walking five in 20 innings while allowing 12 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Toledo on May 27, when OF JaCoby Jones was also called up, RHP Chad Bell was sent down, 2B Ian Kinsler went on the 10-day DL and RHP William Cuevas was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man rosyer.
MLB Debut Date: 05/28/17
|May 28, in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox. The last of three pitchers, he came on to start the bottom of the eighth in relief of right-handed reliever Warwick Saupold. Yolmer Sanchez grounded out to second base and Omar Narvaez grounded out to first before Willy Garcia struck out swinging to end the inning.|
|This is one of those debuts where if you're not cheering for this guy, no matter what team you root for, then you're just cold. Leon, who will turn 31 in September, is in his 13th pro season after having signed with the Astros in February of 2005 out of Venezuela. He moved up through the Houston system and finally made it to Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2011, then spent time in the Brewers organization (2013-14), the White Sox (2015), and pitched in the Mexican League (which is affiliated with MLB and comparable to a Triple-A level league) before inking with the Tigers as a free agent for 2017. He has posted a career 4.59 ERA in 610 1/3 innings pitched in that time, striking out 512, and also pitched for Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.|