Postseason Hero Patrick Ledet Back for ’22


Sioux City, IA (April 12th, 2022) The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signing of LHP Patrick Ledet to a 2022 American Association contract. 

The 2022 season will be Ledet’s sixth in professional baseball and his second with the Explorers. 

Last season Patrick Ledet (Luh-Day) started in 19 games, earned a 9-6 record and a 6-25 ERA over 99.1 innings. The southpaw flashed electric stuff, but also great control. He struck out a team high 119 batters, also good for sixth most in the league while walking only 26 with a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.6:1. 

A complete game on June 16th at Kane County earned Ledet league “Pitcher of the Week” honors. His best performance came when the X’s needed him most in the South Division Wild Card Game. On the road in Cleburne, Ledet tossed five innings of shutout baseball, surrendered only three hits and struck out two to pick up the win. 

The 27 year old had a strong finish to the 2021 campaign. Over his final four starts he went 4-0, with a 0.86 ERA with 21 strikeouts to just six walks, all while getting no more than four runs in support. 

Prior to joining the X’s Ledet was one of the few pro baseball players who did play in 2020. He started seven games for the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths of the Constellation Energy League. A four team independent league based out of Sugarland, Texas. He held a 4.70 ERA and compiled a 1-2 record with 23 innings of work. In that time he struck out 21 and walked nine.

The native Texan has spent his professional career in independent baseball. He began his career in the Frontier League with the Windy City Thunderbolts and the Lake Erie Crushers.  The 2019 season spent in Lake Erie produced career best numbers. He made 19 starts going 6-4 with a career low 2.34 ERA. Tossed 119.1 innings, tallying 109 strikeouts. The stellar season earned the six foot, 187 pound lefty a spot on the Frontier League All-Star Team.

The first two seasons in the Frontier League came with the Windy City Thunderbolts. In those two years he went 8-10 over 33 trips to the mound with 17 of those being starts. In 120 innings of work he held a 4.42 ERA, striking out 107 batters over that time.

Collegiately Ledet stayed in state playing at Stephen F Austin in the Southland Conference. Pitching for the Lumberjacks all four seasons he went 16-12 with a 4.05 ERA in 70 games and 31 starts. He racked up 173 strikeouts in that time to just 78 walks. He made the transition from bullpen arm to starter between his Sophomore and Junior seasons.