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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 93: Luis Ledo

Longtime prospect, still young, is finally making his way up the ladder

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Luis Ledo

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
208 pounds
Age: 25
SSS rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 18
2020 SSHP Top Prospect ranking: 82

It’s hard to believe, but Ledo has 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 13 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 in 2019 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 tabs Ledo with 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 2021 season with Birmingham.