Sunday, December 26, 2004

Francisco Leandro Report

Francisco Leandro, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Drafted 705th Overall (24th Rd), 2004 Draft, Central Missouri State University
BatsL/Throws L
24 YO, 5'9", 180 lbs

He's a division 2 underdog selected late in this year's draft. He put up a really nice .301/.397/.426 line with 18 doubles in 249 at bats with more walks (19) than strikeouts (11). He's a really small guy, and it doesn't look like he's a good bet to develop the kind of power you usually expect out of a major league outfielder. But if he can keep drawing walks and smacking doubles into the gap, he can make an adequate leadoff hitter. He's a bit older than you expect a fresh draftee to be, but he made it up to the Sally League in his first pro season and it's a better than even bet that he'll start next season in the California League.

ETA: 2007
2 Stars



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