Mark Leiter Jr. was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on April 18 from their Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley. He is in his fifth pro season after being selected by the Phillies in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Mark Jr. is the son of former major-league pitcher Mark Leiter Sr. and the nephew of former major-league pitcher Al Leiter.
Mark Sr. pitched for eleven seasons in the majors, with eight different teams. For his career, he posted a 65-73 record with a 4.57 ERA and 892 strikeouts in 335 appearances.
Al Leiter won 162 career games and played for two World Series championship teams, Toronto in 1993 and Florida in 1997.
For more information about Mark Leiter Jr., follow the link below from Asbury Park Press:
In only his third year of pro baseball, Mark Leiter Jr. was recently promoted to Double-A Reading in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He is the son of Mark Leiter, an eleven-year veteran of the majors between 1999 and 2001. The elder Leiter pitched for eight big league teams, compiling 65 career wins. Mark Jr.’s uncle, Al Leiter, was also a major league pitcher.
Mark Jr. calls his father after every start to recap his performance and get the benefit of his father’s experience.
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