LEAL, YOSMER

Position: Pitcher

DOB: February 26, 1996

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 170

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (July 2, 2012)

Profile:  Signed by the Brewers out of Venezuela in 2012 for $370,000, Leal made his pro debut a season later, pitching for Milwaukee’s affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.  He returned to the DSL for a second season in 2014 and was slated to make his way stateside in 2015, but he suffered an injury during the team’s extended spring training camp and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in May of 2015.  He did not pitch at all following the surgery and has now missed three consecutive seasons, sitting out the 2015, 2016 and 2017 campaigns.  An intriguing prospect with a low-90’s fastball, the makings of a plus changeup and a developing curveball prior to his elbow injury, it’s hard to say where Leal is at after not having pitched for three years or if he’ll ever bounce back from such an extended absence.

2013:  One of Milwaukee’s higher priced international arms at the time he signed, Leal was sent to the Dominican Summer League in 2013, where he appeared in 13 games, starting ten of them.  He went 2-3 with an 8.05 earned run average, striking out 28 but issuing 38 walks in 34.2 innings.

2014:  Leal returned to pitch for the DSL Brewers for a second season in 2014 and showed some improvements with his control.  He made 12 starts, and despite a record of 1-6, he lowered his ERA to 4.45 and put up 45 strikeouts while walking 31 in 56.2 innings of work.

2015:  The Brewers intended to have Leal pitch for their AZL affiliate in Maryvale in 2015, but he suffered an elbow injury which resulted in Tommy John surgery for him, which was performed by Dr. William Raasch on May 28th, sidelining him for the rest of the season.

2016:  After undergoing Tommy John surgery in late May of 2015, Leal wound up missing all of the 2016 season as well, sitting out the entire year while rehabbing.

2017:  A full two years removed from his TJ surgery, Leal again did not throw a pitch in game action in 2017.  There have been  no reports of a setback or second surgery, but 2017 marked the third consecutive season where Leal did not pitch.