Angels Sign Wade LeBlanc
The Angels signed left handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc to a minor league contract this morning, and invited him to Spring Training 2014.
In 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this past season, LeBlanc, 29, had a 5.40 ERA, 5.4 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 1.15 HR/9, and a 39.1% groundball rate.
After being acquired by the Marlins for catcher John Baker last offseason, the Fish designated LeBlanc for assignment in June, and then was claimed off waivers by the Astros. Houston designated Wade a few weeks later, and then outrighted him to AAA. He eventually worked his way back to the Big Club, but the 'Stros designated and outrighted LeBlanc again in August.
LeBlanc was a second round draft pick by the Padres, from the University of Alabama in 2006. He was projected as a finesse number three starting pitcher, but struggled to fulfill that in the Padres' rotation over the years.
LeBlanc is the latest AAA depth signing the Angels have made in the past week, the last one being pitcher Chris Volstad.
These moves, while an indication of the Angels' lack of pitching depth in their minor league system, will give the Halos options should they encounter any serious injuries or struggles in their rotation in 2014.