From BR Bullpen
Leslie Gasslin Nacar Mejias
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 216 lb.
Leslie Nacar played four seasons in the minor leagues then starred in Spain.
Nacar was 8-2 with a 3.50 ERA for the 2000 DSL Giants with 81 strikeouts in 75 innings; he was three wins shy of the Dominican Summer League lead. Coming stateside with the 2001 AZL Giants, the right-hander was 0-3 with five saves, 35 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings and a 2.54 ERA.
Despite his productive '01, Nacar was back with the AZL Giants for 2002. The teenager had a 2-1, 3.29 record while allowing a .221 average. In 2003, his third year with the club, he was 0-1 with nine saves, a 0.95 ERA, .136 opponent average and 31 whiffs while walking 3 in 19 innings. He led the Arizona League in saves and was named the All-Star right-handed relief pitcher. Baseball America named him the 11th-best prospect in the league, the #2 pitching prospect.
After dominating the Rookie leagues for four years, Nacar never got a chance to see how he would do against higher levels, as injury derailed his US career.
Nacar was pitching for Spain's Marlins Puerto Cruz by 2006. He was 5th in the Division Honor with a 1.30 ERA that year while going 3-1. In 2008, he had a 10-1, 1.00 record with 44 hits and 11 walks in 90 innings while whiffing 80. He beat out Homer Baez by .12 for the ERA lead, while finishing two wins behind leader Ivan Granados. In the 2008 European Cup, he whiffed 13 in a win over the Antwerp Royal Greys, allowing three runs.
Leslie improved to 16-1 in 2009 though his ERA rose to 1.89. He struck out 141 in 133 1/3 innings and had a WHIP under one. He was 8th in the league in ERA , led in strikeouts (13 over Baez) and led in wins, one ahead of Pedro Pablo Belmonte. During the 2009 European Cup, the right-hander started against the Rouen Huskies. He allowed four hits and two unearned runs in eight innings while whiffing 15 but fell to Keino Perez, who had a shutout. He tied Remigio Leal for second in the Nettuno Cup in whiffs, two behind leader and teammate Audie Nunez.