Marlins acquire LHP Wade LeBlanc from Padres

MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today announced they have acquired left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catcher John Baker. The announcement was made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest.

 

LeBlanc, 27, was 5-6, 4.63 in 14 starts with San Diego and 9-1, 4.30 in 17 starts with Triple-A Tucson in 2011. He went 3-1, 3.16 (25.2 IP/9 ER) with a .202 batting average against over his final four starts with San Diego, including striking out a career-high 10 batters in 7.0 innings on Sept. 23 vs. the Dodgers. With Tucson, LeBlanc was tied for the team lead in wins and was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for June 27-July 3.

 

A native of Lake Charles, LA, LeBlanc was drafted by the Padres in the second round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Alabama. He made his ML debut with San Diego in 2008 and has compiled a 17-22, 4.54 record in 54 games, 52 starts, in the Majors.

 

Baker, 30, was acquired from Oakland on March 30, 2007 and hit .271 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI in 212 games with the Marlins from 2008-2011.

 

Full statistics on LeBlanc and Baker can be found at www.mlb.com. Additional information on the 2012 Marlins is available at www.marlins.com