St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher José DeLeón throws during the...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher José DeLeón throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Montreal Expos, Sept. 6, 1988, in St. Louis, Mo. DeLeón, a major league pitcher for 13 seasons who led the National League in strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989, he died Sunday evening, Feb. 25, 2024, at a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was 63. Credit: AP/Loen Algee

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — José DeLeón, a major league pitcher for 13 seasons who led the National League in strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989, has died. He was 63.

Los Leones del Escogido, DeLeón's team in the Dominican Winter League, said he died Sunday evening at Cedimat hospital in Santo Domingo. The team said DeLeón had health issues without giving further information.

DeLeón was 86-119 with a 3.76 ERA in 264 starts and 151 relief appearances for Pittsburgh (1983-86), the Chicago White Sox (1986-87, 1993-95), St. Louis (1988-92), Philadelphia (1992-93) and Montreal (1995). The right-hander struck out 1,594 in 1,897 1/3 innings.

He topped the NL with 201 strikeouts in 1989 and and tied for the NL lead with 19 losses in 1985 and 1990.

Selected by the Pirates in the third round of the 1979 amateur draft, DeLeón made his major league debut on July 23, 1983, striking out nine over eight innings in a 5-2 win over visiting San Francisco.

DeLeón finished 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts and was seventh in voting for NL Rookie of the Year, an award won by the New York Mets' Darryl Strawberry.

DeLeón was traded to the Chicago White Sox in July 1986 for Bobby Bonilla, who earned four consecutive All-Star Game selections with Pittsburgh from 1988-1991.

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher José DeLeón, left, is consoled by...

Pittsburgh Pirates rookie pitcher José DeLeón, left, is consoled by catcher Tony Peña after the New York Mets broke up a no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning of a baseball game, July 31, 1983, in New York. DeLeón, a major league pitcher for 13 seasons who led the National League in strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1989, he died Sunday evening, Feb. 25, 2024, at a hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was 63. Credit: AP/Ray Stubblebine

DeLeón made his only postseason appearances in 1993, allowing one run over 4 2/3 innings in a pair of AL Championship Series relief appearances against Toronto.

More MLB news

Newsday LogoSUBSCRIBEUnlimited Digital AccessOnly 25¢for 5 months
ACT NOWSALE ENDS SOON | CANCEL ANYTIME