Free Agency Profile & Prediction #10: Sandy Leon

BOSTON, MA – MAY 11: Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox returns to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park on May 11, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

After a stellar 2016 season with the Boston Red Sox, people were clamoring about the steal the team had just gotten from the Washington Nationals, after Leon hit .310/.369/.476 with a .845 OPS for the team. Since then, Leon has only hit above .200 once, out of the four seasons since that amazing season in 2016. He has also struggled to have consistent playing time, receiving only 272 plate appearances between the 2019 and 2020 seasons, playing for both the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.

While Leon’s bat has been horrendous in the last four seasons, one thing that can be counted on is his ability to call a game, and defend his position, as from 2017-2020, he has averaged 6.3 DRS per season, highlighted by a 15 DRS performance in 2017 for the Boston Red Sox. Although his glove is outstanding, his ability to control the run game is subpar, as he averaged a 2.02 pop time to second, which ranked him tied for 45th among all qualified catchers, and has not been above the league average for throwing out runners since 2017.

Leon likely was a case of a player having a career year in 2016, and that will keep him in the league for a while longer, I see Leon being a better player than the one that hit .136/.296/.242 last year, but how much better has yet to be seen in the last four seasons.

These teams I believe have the best chance at signing Leon: Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Sandy Leon signs a 1yr/3 million dollar deal with the Kansas City Royals

2021 Predicted Stat Line: .210/.319/.349 .668 OPS 4 HR 13 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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