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Old 11-22-2017, 03:10 PM
Andrew C White Andrew C White is offline
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Originally Posted by Hitmen77 View Post
The Sox sign minor league free agent Patrick Leonard from the Rays organization:
Seems like the typical Sox minor league pick-up these days. Decent but not exciting minor league numbers...

Was ranked #27 on the Rays top 30 back in 2015 but not ranked last year or the year before. But that provides us the review from 2015. Sounds like a lesser version of D.J. Peterson who we signed and let go last year:

Patrick Leonard | Rank: 27 (Preseason: 29)
Team: Status: Free Agent ETA: 2016
Position: 1B Age: 25 DOB: 10/20/1992
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6' 4" Weight: 225 lb.
Drafted: 2011, 5th (156) - KC

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Leonard was the least known of the four players the Rays acquired from the Royals in 2012 in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis. He had the best season of his career in 2014, when he was an All-Star in the Florida State League, though he didn't replicate the success with the move to Double-A in 2015.

Leonard stands out most for his raw power. He has the strength and leverage in his swing to drive balls over the fence. His approach, however, remains inconsistent. At his best, he does a good job finding the gaps, but like many young power hitters, there's some swing-and-miss in his game, and he can try to pull the ball too much.

After beginning his professional career as a third baseman, Leonard has moved across the diamond to first base, where he is an above-average defender. But it will still be up to his bat to get him to the Major Leagues.