April 16: Leiter tosses four innings of one-hit ball
In his second start of the year, Jack Leiter once again impressed with Double-A Frisco, tossing four innings while giving up one run on one hit in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out four, but his control was a little erratic at times, as the 21-year-old walked three and needed 75 pitches to complete his outing. Through two professional starts, Leiter has struck out 11 and allowed two runs on two hits in seven innings, good enough for a 2.57 ERA and an even 1.00 WHIP. Gameday »
April 9: Leiter dominates in professional debut
The Rangers got their first look at their future ace on Saturday. Jack Leiter, Texas’ top prospect and the No. 17 prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, dazzled in his professional debut against the Arkansas Travelers. The 21-year-old right-hander threw three innings, giving up just one run and one hit while striking out seven. Leiter’s stuff was electric, with his fastball clocked in at 97 mph at times.
April 5: Leiter to start season in Double-A
Jack Leiter’s professional debut is just a few days away. The No. 2 overall pick from the 2021 Draft has been assigned to Double-A Frisco. There’s plenty of hype surrounding his first start and the team has announced a variety of Leiter-related promotions. More »
March 17: Leiter is No. 17 on Top 100
After being named as the No. 3 RHP prospect by MLB Pipeline, Jack Leiter finds himself on baseball’s latest Top 100 Prospects list, one of five Rangers to earn the distinction. The Vanderbilt product slots in at No. 17 despite not having thrown a pitch in a regular-season game since last year in college.
Leiter went 11-4 with a 2.13 ERA, a 0.845 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 110 innings across 18 starts for the Commodores in his final collegiate campaign. Full story »
March 13: Leiter checks in as third-best RHP prospect
Without having thrown a professional pitch in a regular-seasosn game, Jack Leiter is already making noise. Last year’s second overall pick was tabbed as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline.
“It might be unfair to say someone who has yet to throw a professional pitch has a lot to prove, but considering he was drafted as a sophomore the year following the 2020 shutdown, Leiter has a, umm, lighter amateur resume than usual for a pitcher entering a first full season. That and the fact that as the No. 2 overall pick, there is some pressure for him to get to Texas quickly and help turn things around, makes him someone worth watching closely.”
Leiter also graded out, with Nationals prospect Cade Cavalli, has having the best curveball among the Top 10 RHP prospects. Full story »
March 11: Leiter tosses first pitches as a professional
Calling it “really cool,” Jack Leiter took the mound for his first outing as a professional, albeit in a scrimmage in Arizona with other Rangers’ Minor Leaguers.
“It was awesome to get out here and face another team,” Leiter said. “I think kind of everyone was, with it being the first game of Spring Training, a little jumpy, but super excited. And I think at times that played against me today. It happens. I try not to put too much weight in it, but as a competitive guy, you obviously look back at your outing and see the numerous places you could be better, and kind of just move on from it.”
The 21-year-old allowed did not allow a run and gave up one hit, two walks and struck out two. Full story »