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Daniel Ponce de Leon

#62 | RHP
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals
Daniel Ponce de Leon
Name: Daniel Robert Ponce de Leon
Born: Jan 16, 1992 in Anaheim, Calif. USA
High School: La Mirada (Calif.) HS
College: Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 200 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 9th round (285th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014 (signed for $5,000)
It's time for Poncedeleon to sign. He's been drafted three times--2010 out of La Mirada (Calif.) High by the Rays (24th round), 2012 out of Cypress (Calif.) JC by the Reds (38th round), and last year out of Houston by the Cubs (14th round.) He failed a physical last year and wasn't going to be eligible at Houston after negotiating with the Cubs, so he wound up at NAIA Embry-Riddle (Fla.). He predictably dominated lower-level competition, going 9-2, 1.60 with 103 strikeouts and just six extra-base hits allowed. His command can be erratic but at times he pounds the zone with an 88-92 mph fastball that touches higher. He also throws a curve, changeup and cutter. If teams are happy with their medical reports, Poncedeleon would fit as a senior to go in the first 10 rounds.
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