2016 Blue Jays Season Review: Arnold Leon

Now that the season is over, the crew at Blue Jays from Away will take a look at the Blue Jays one by one and review how each player’s season went, whether he met expectations (or not) and look at how he fits into (what we think of) the Blue Jays’ plans going forward.


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28-year-old righty Arnold Leon came on board to the Blue Jays after the Jays purchased his contract from the Oakland Athletics on January 5, 2016. Leon was strong through seven innings of spring training, not allowing a run on just two hits and two walks with three strikeouts and made the Jays out of spring training but, after two outings in which he threw a total of 2 1/3 innings, Leon gave up two runs including a big home run against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was put on waivers and made three appearances with the Buffalo Bisons before we was eventually released at the end of May. He appeared in two games with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball League, allowing 10 runs on 16 hits in eight innings, walking one and striking out seven.


Contract Status


Leon was released by the Blue Jays.


Emily Says


The Blue Jays acquired Arnold Leon from Oakland for cash last December. The 28-year-old Mexican native started the season in the Jays bullpen and only made two appearances before being designated for assignment on April 13th and later sent to Triple-A Buffalo.

Leon’s first appearance was a blown save in Tampa Bay on April 6th. He entered the game with a 3-2 lead, with one out in the 8th and runners on first and third. He gave up a three-run homer to Steven Souza Jr., the first batter he faced. He then got a lineout before being pulled from the game.

In his second game, Leon threw two innings in a loss to the Red Sox. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk, but got two strikeouts. In the small 2.1-inning sample, he had an ERA of 7.71, a WHIP of 1.71 and a K/BB ratio of 2.00.

Leon was released outright on May 27th.


Regular Season Grades


Jay: F
Emily: D-


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