LeBlanc in March 2009
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
August 7, 1984 |
Lake Charles, Louisiana
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|September 3, 2008 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.51|
Wade Matthew LeBlanc (born August 7, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has also played previously in MLB for the San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Houston Astros.
San Diego Padres
2006-07: Draft and pro debut
LeBlanc was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 36th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, but instead decided to attend the University of Alabama. He was then drafted by the San Diego Padres in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.
He posted a 5-1 record and a 3.02 ERA in 14 games, 10 starts, from Short-Season Eugene Emeralds and the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps in 2006. On June 29 against the Vancouver Canadians he earned his first win in his professional debut, tossing one scoreless inning of relief. He was promoted to Fort Wayne on July 24. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out seven in his Wizards' debut on July 28. He won his final three starts from August 18 to September 2, giving up just two runs over 15 innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters over five scoreless innings on August 27.
2008-2011: Call-up and struggles
LeBlanc spent the majority of the 2008 season with the Triple-A Portland Beavers, pitching in 26 games, 25 starts. He ranked second in the Paciﬁc Coast League in strikeouts with 139 and tied for third in wins with 11.He was the third Portland pitcher and the ﬁrst left-handed pitcher since the team returned to the PCL in 2001 to reach the 11-win mark. He won the PCL Pitcher of the Week award on two occasions.
He was called up to the Majors for the first time on September 1, 2008. He made his Major League debut on September 3, but struggled, pitching four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with one strikeout.
He picked up ﬁrst Major League win on September 15 against the Colorado Rockies, yielding four runs over six innings with six strikeouts.
On June 30, 2012, LeBlanc was called up by the Marlins to replace Edward Mujica who was placed on the disabled list with a fracture toe.  He played his first game as a Marlin on July 3 against the Milwaukee Brewers, and went 0.2 of an inning. With Carlos Zambrano struggling, Ozzie Gullien moved Zambrano to the bullpen and let LeBlanc take his spot in the rotation. As a starter, LeBlanc went 1-4. Overall, he pitched in 25 games(9 starts) with a 3.67 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, 19 walks, 43 strikeouts, a 2-5 record in 68.2 innings pitched.
LeBlanc began 2013 as the fourth member of the Marlins rotation, where he made 7 starts before being moved to the bullpen in favor of Tom Koehler. He was designated for assignment on June 3, 2013, 1 day after picking up his first win in 2013. In 13 games with Miami, he went 1-5 with a 5.18 ERA, striking out 31 in 48.2 innings.
LeBlanc was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on June 8, 2013, and he was inserted in the bullpen. After making 3 appearances, including one on June 23 where he gave up 4 runs in 1.2 innings, he was designated for assignment on June 24. He was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City 2 days later. He was called back up on August 19. He came in the game that day, giving up 5 runs (1 earned) in 2.2 innings of relief. He was designated for assignment the next day, and was outrighted to Oklahoma City 2 days later, where he finished the season. In 19 games (7 starts) with the RedHawks, he went 3-1 with a 4.71 ERA, striking out 47 in 49.2 innings. After the year, LeBlanc became a minor league free agent.
Los Angeles Angels
On November 11, 2013, LeBlanc was signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
- http://www.miamiherald.com › Sports › Miami Marlins & MLB
- Astros claim lefty Wade LeBlanc
- DiGiovanna, Mike (November 11, 2013). "Angels sign left-hander Wade LeBlanc to minor-league contract". Los Angeles Times.