The Dodgers still found several talented position prospects, including Andy Pages and Miguel Vargas (Cuba), Leonard (Dominican Republic), and Jorbit Vivas (Dominican Republic), despite being limited to maximum $300,000 international bonuses in 2017-18 as a penalty for spending $96 million on that market two years prior (Venezuela).
Leonard, who was signed for $200,000, is the most versatile athlete in the group.
As a 20-year-old getting his first extended taste of full-season game in 2021, he batted .297/.390/.539 with 22 homers, earning a berth on the 40-man roster.
Leonard has fast wrists and a whippy right-handed stroke that produce tremendous bat speed, despite his claimed weight of 160 pounds.
While he might be a little pull-conscious at times, he makes consistent hard contact and has at least 20-homer potential if he improves his drive.
He recognizes pitches quickly and effectively handles the strike zone.
Leonard has good arm strength and speed, which has translated into defensive versatility rather than stolen bases so far.
Last season, he mostly played shortstop but also saw action at second base, third base, and center field.
He’ll need to cut down on his young errors, but he’ll be an average shortstop, possibly great at second, and somewhere in the middle at third and center.
How Tall Is Eddys Leonard?
Eddy’s Leonard stands at a height of 1.83 m.