New Orleans Zephyrs
LeBlanc named PCL Pitcher of the Week
New Orleans Zephyrs left-hander Wade LeBlanc was named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week for May 13-20, the league announced Monday.
LeBlanc put together two strong eight-inning starts during the week, holding Las Vegas to just two runs on May 14th then bettering himself by going to hitter-friendly Colorado Springs on the 20th and allowing the Sky Sox to score just one run on three hits, earning the win. Even more impressive was LeBlanc's league-leading 19 strikeouts and 16 innings, allowing only two walks and seven hits for a 0.56 WHIP and just a .127 batting-average-against to go with his 1.69 ERA.
A Lake Charles, Louisiana native, LeBlanc was a second round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2006 Major League draft. The left-hander made his Major League debut in September of 2008 and got his first win on the 15th against the Colorado Rockies. In November of 2011, LeBlanc was traded to the Miami Marlins for John Baker. He held a 4.54 ERA over 293.1 Major League innings in four seasons with San Diego, and in 2012 is 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 58 strikeouts with the Zephyrs.
LeBlanc is the first Zephyr to be honored as Pitcher of the Week since Elih Villanueva took home the award last June.
Oklahoma City RedHawks first baseman Mike Hessman earned the weekly honor as the PCL's top hitter, batting .529 with back-to-back two-homer games during the week.
The Zephyrs return home to open an eight-game homestand on Friday at 7 p.m. against the Omaha Storm Chasers. For more information or for tickets, call the Zephyrs box office at (504) 734-5155.
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