South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 82: Luis Ledo

Movin’ on up: Ledo has not overwhelmed in the system, but keeps grinding toward the majors. (Kim Contreras/South Side Hit Pen)

Luis Ledo
Right-handed relief pitcher

208 pounds
Age: 24
SSHP rank among all right-handed relief pitchers in the system: 13
Top Prospect ranking a year ago: N/R

It’s hard to believe, but Ledo has now 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 1/3 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 this year 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 stated earlier this year that Ledo possesses 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 2020 season with Birmingham.

3 thoughts on “South Side Hit Pen Top Prospect No. 82: Luis Ledo

  1. Is it pronounced with a short “e” like Jared Leto, or a schwa “e” and a long “u” sound on the “o”, like Chris Ledoux? If it’s not known, I’m going with the latter, because Chris Ledoux was way cooler than Jared Leto.


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