Wil Ledezma began the season on a high note. In his first 3 appearances he allowed only 4 baserunners over 6 innings. He fanned 4 and didn’t allow a run. But since then he has been awful.
Not counting tonight’s collapse, he has made 9 more appearances. He’s amassed 13 1/3 innings and allowed 19 hits, 13 walks, 3 home runs, he’s balked, been called for baserunner obstruction, and was ejected. He’s become a mop-up man who hasn’t even been effective in that role as evidenced by his 1 1/3 inning, 47 pitch, 4 run effort on Sunday.
Now with Bobby Seay performing competently, Ledezma is seeing fewer high leverage situations. And now Tim Byrdak has come in and turned in 2 stellar performances. Could this be the end of Ledezma as a Tiger? He is out of options meaning that he would need to clear waivers before being sent to the minors. Even with his struggles, he’s a lefty that can throw in the mid 90’s meaning he’d be claimed by someone. So removing him from the active roster likely means removing him from the organization.
It is probably premature to assure Byrdak or Seay spots on the roster. As good as Byrdak has been, it’s only 2 appearances. Ledezma still looked good after 2 games. And in Seay’s case, he needs to continue to prove himself. However, as long as Byrdak and Seay continue to have success, Ledezma leash is only going to get shorter.