02 July 2003

Royal gain

The Royals, looking for help in their first pennant chase in 10 years, acquired right-handed reliever Curtis Leskanic from the Milwaukee Brewers today.

4-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Not bad.

Here's the scouting report on this guy. Is this guy insurance should we lose Grimsley? The plot thickens...

Scouting Report

A healthy Leskanic throws a moving fastball in the low-90s, as well as a hard slider. He is tough to hit but sometimes fights his control. Last year his pitches lacked their usual velocity and movement. As a result, his walks dropped but he was much easier to hit. Leskanic didn't get groundballs the way he used to, as his groundball-flyball ratio dropped to 1.01, a career low. That may have contributed to his serving up a number of crucial home runs. His problems with lefthanded batters returned last season after he seemed to have solved them in 2000.

Defense & Hitting
Leskanic is tough to run on for a righthander. In the field, he's committed at least two errors in two of the past three seasons. Four of his seven career hits have gone for extra bases, but he rarely gets the chance to prove his power is anything more than a fluke.

courtesy ESPN.com
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