Jose De Leon will make MLB debut Sunday
By Cary Osborne
The question has been: When? The answer is: Sunday.
Dodgers top pitching prospect Jose De Leon, who has dominated the Pacific Coast League this season, will make his Major League debut and start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, Dave Roberts told reporters on Friday. He has not officially been called up yet.
In his last three starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City, De Leon has allowed two earned runs in 21 2/3 innings and has struck out 33 batters while walking none.
In 16 starts this season, the 24-year-old right-hander has a 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and is averaging 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Since 2014, De Leon has a 2.66 ERA in 277 2/3 innings.
Prior to this season MLB.com rated De Leon as the No. 5 right-handed prospect in baseball.
De Leon will become the fifth rookie to start a game for the Dodgers this season joining Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling, Julio Uriás and Brock Stewart. It will be the 56th game started by a Dodger rookie.