South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 82: Luis Ledo

Movin’ on up: Ledo has not overwhelmed in the system, but keeps grinding toward the majors. (Kim Contreras/South Side Hit Pen)

Luis Ledo
Right-handed relief pitcher

208 pounds
Age: 24
SSHP rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 13
Top Prospect ranking a year ago: N/R

It’s hard to believe, but Ledo has now pitched for seven years in the White Sox organization, as the Dominican native played ball for the DSL White Sox just two weeks after signing a minor league contract in June 2013. Ledo spent three years with the DSL squad before earning his first Stateside promotion, to the AZL White Sox in 2016. Even though he spent part of 2017 with three affiliates (AZL, Great Falls and Kannapolis), he only pitched 10 games that year due to injury.

The 2018 campaign was a difficult one for Ledo, as he struggled for Kannapolis with a 4.95 ERA and 1.67 in 32 appearances. In his 56 1/3 innings, he relinquished 56 hits (.267 OBA) and a whopping 38 walks (14.9% while striking out 59 (23.1%). However, Ledo bounced back in a big way this year with a promotion to Winston-Salem: In 34 appearances spanning 44 ⅓ innings, he posted a terrific 1.83 ERA and 1.26 WHIP by surrendering 35 hits (.227 OBA) and 21 walks (11.8%) while fanning 41 (23.0%). FanGraphs stated earlier this year that Ledo possesses a mid-90s fastball and a plus splitter.

Although Ledo still needs to hone his control, he is also a great candidate to begin the 2020 season with Birmingham.

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Despite my entire family being Cub fans, I grew up listening to Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall on the radio as I listened to the entire season of the South Side Hit Men of '77. While it's true I have a myriad of other interests (American history, classic literature, classic rock, classic country, blues, jazz, gardening, family,etc.--not all in that order), few things aside from family surpass my interest in all things baseball--especially the White Sox.

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6 months ago

Is it pronounced with a short “e” like Jared Leto, or a schwa “e” and a long “u” sound on the “o”, like Chris Ledoux? If it’s not known, I’m going with the latter, because Chris Ledoux was way cooler than Jared Leto.

Right Size Wrong Shape
Right Size Wrong Shape
6 months ago
Reply to  WSM20051917

Oh well. “My So Called Life” Jared Leto was cool, but movie star / rock star Jared Leto annoys me.