The latest on Jack Leiter

Keeping tabs on MLB's No. 15 prospect

June 25th, 2022

June 24: Leiter battles through five walks in four innings
Jack Leiter pitched four innings of two-run ball Friday night, but he didn't make it easy on himself. The 22-year-old walked five batters and gave up two hits while striking out four. It was the third straight start of at least four innings that he walked three or more. Gameday »

June 18: Leiter has up-and-down outing on Saturday
Leiter labored through four innings Saturday in what may go down as his oddest start of the year. After striking out the first two batters of the game, Double-A Midland's three-hitter, Logan Davidson, reached on an error by Frisco's left fielder Dustin Harris. Leiter then walked the next batter. With two on and two out, Leiter gave up a three-run home run to the next batter, Jeremey Eierman, after nearly getting out of the inning.

The weirdness didn't end there. After a scoreless second and third inning, the leadoff hitter of the fourth got on via catcher's interference. Leiter walked the next hitter, but retired the next two after that before allowing a two out double, which scored both runners.

All in all, Leiter only allowed one earned run but would've liked to pitch deeper in the game and keep it closer. Leiter struggled to find the strike zone for most the outing, walking four batters. On the bright side, the 22-year-old was missing bats. Leiter struck out six over his four innings and gave up just two hits, though one was that first inning home run. Gameday »

June 7: Leiter struggles over five innings
After a 5 2/3-inning scoreless outing in his last time out, Jack Leiter was hit hard by Double-A Amarillo's lineup Tuesday. Leiter gave up seven earned runs over five innings, allowing seven hits and walking four. After not allowing a single home run during the month of May, the 22-year-old allowed two home runs to the Sod Poodles. Gameday »

June 1: Lights out to start June
Jack Leiter turned the page on a tough month with an outstanding performance on Wednesday. Following an opener, Leiter tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts for Double-A Frisco in his first June appearance. He allowed just four hits, but had a bit of trouble with his control, walking three. Overall, it was an encouraging outing from the 22-year-old, as he allowed 15 earned runs across his past three starts. Gameday »

May 26: Leiter solid in Thursday start
Jack Leiter was much improved during his Thursday start compared to his two previous outings. The 21-year-old tossed five innings of three-run ball, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out five. But Leiter's start was even more impressive than his final line. After giving up three hits and a run in the first, Leiter settled in and allowed just one base runner through the fifth inning. The start lowered his ERA on the season from 6.38 to 5.90. Gameday »

May 20: Strong start foiled by big inning
After a strong first three innings for Double-A Frisco on Friday, things snowballed on Jack Leiter in the fourth, as he was tagged for seven earned runs. Leiter started the day with three scoreless innings and five strikeouts, but started the fourth by loading the bases and allowed four runs before being replaced with two outs in the inning. Reliever Tyler Thomas then allowed a grand slam, adding three more earned runs to Leiter's line. This comes after he allowed six earned in his last start and his ERA has inflated from 1.93 to 6.38 after the two lopsided outings. Gameday »

May 14: Leiter struggles in Saturday start
It wasn't Jack Leiter's day on the mound Saturday. The 21-year-old got just five outs, leaving the game with two outs in the second inning after giving up six earned runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out just one during the RoughRiders' 11-1 loss, dropping Leiter's record to 1-3 over six starts. Leiter's rough outing ballooned his ERA up to 4.43 on the season. Gameday »

May 7: Leiter dominates over six innings
Leiter fired his best pitching performance to date, allowing just two hits across six innings with five strikeouts in Double-A Frisco’s 5-0 victory. It was the first time this season he hasn’t walked a batter.

"I've just been working on being more efficient with my body, being more efficient with my pitches, being more on line to the plate and simplifying everything," Leiter said of his improved performance. Gameday »

April 30: A forgettable start for Leiter
Jack Leiter's fourth career Double-A start was one he'd probably like to forget, as he gave up four runs, three earned, in three innings of work on Saturday. It was the second straight start for Leiter where four runs have crossed the plate in three innings or less. He still holds a 3.55 ERA for Frisco and has struck out 19 in 12 2/3 innings pitched. Gameday »

April 23: Leiter struggles in short start
Jack Leiter made his third start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday against Northwest Arkansas, giving up four runs, though none were earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out five over 2 2/3 innings at Riders Field. An error by second baseman Justin Foscue proved costly in Northwest Arkansas' four-run third inning, which set the tone for a 12-4 Naturals victory over Frisco. Gameday »

April 16: Leiter tosses four innings of one-hit ball
In his second start of the year, Jack Leiter once again impressed with Double-A Frisco, tossing four innings while giving up one run on one hit in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out four, but his control was a little erratic at times, as the 21-year-old walked three and needed 75 pitches to complete his outing. Through two professional starts, Leiter has struck out 11 and allowed two runs on two hits in seven innings, good enough for a 2.57 ERA and an even 1.00 WHIP. Gameday »

April 9: Leiter dominates in professional debut
The Rangers got their first look at their future ace on Saturday. Jack Leiter, Texas’ top prospect and the No. 17 prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, dazzled in his professional debut against the Arkansas Travelers. The 21-year-old right-hander threw three innings, giving up just one run and one hit while striking out seven. Leiter’s stuff was electric, with his fastball clocked in at 97 mph at times.

April 5: Leiter to start season in Double-A
Jack Leiter's professional debut is just a few days away. The No. 2 overall pick from the 2021 Draft has been assigned to Double-A Frisco. There's plenty of hype surrounding his first start and the team has announced a variety of Leiter-related promotions. More »

March 17: Leiter is No. 17 on Top 100
After being named as the No. 3 RHP prospect by MLB Pipeline, finds himself on baseball's latest Top 100 Prospects list, one of five Rangers to earn the distinction. The Vanderbilt product slots in at No. 17 despite not having thrown a pitch in a regular-season game since last year in college.

Leiter went 11-4 with a 2.13 ERA, a 0.845 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 110 innings across 18 starts for the Commodores in his final collegiate campaign. Full story »

March 13: Leiter checks in as third-best RHP prospect
Without having thrown a professional pitch in a regular-seasosn game, is already making noise. Last year's second overall pick was tabbed as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect by MLB Pipeline.

"It might be unfair to say someone who has yet to throw a professional pitch has a lot to prove, but considering he was drafted as a sophomore the year following the 2020 shutdown, Leiter has a, umm, lighter amateur resume than usual for a pitcher entering a first full season. That and the fact that as the No. 2 overall pick, there is some pressure for him to get to Texas quickly and help turn things around, makes him someone worth watching closely."

Leiter also graded out, with Nationals prospect Cade Cavalli, has having the best curveball among the Top 10 RHP prospects. Full story »

March 11: Leiter tosses first pitches as a professional
Calling it "really cool," took the mound for his first outing as a professional, albeit in a scrimmage in Arizona with other Rangers' Minor Leaguers.

“It was awesome to get out here and face another team,” Leiter said. “I think kind of everyone was, with it being the first game of Spring Training, a little jumpy, but super excited. And I think at times that played against me today. It happens. I try not to put too much weight in it, but as a competitive guy, you obviously look back at your outing and see the numerous places you could be better, and kind of just move on from it.”

The 21-year-old allowed did not allow a run and gave up one hit, two walks and struck out two. Full story »