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Sandy Leon | Catcher | #3

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 225
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said if the season started today, Sandy Leon would be the starting catcher.
Farrell acknowledged that Christian Vazquez will see time there as well but it looks like Leon will enter 2017 as the Red Sox's starter. Leon enjoyed a breakout season last year, slashing .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats. Leon and Vazquez are both plus defenders but Vazquez has struggled to hit against big-league pitching (.233 career average). Mar 23 - 7:21 PM

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Red Sox and C Sandy Leon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Leon was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super 2 player. He hit a surprising .310/.369/.476 for Boston last season and will enter 2017 as their starting catcher.
Jan 13 - 4:21 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Sandy Leon will enter spring training as the team's starting catcher.

Christian Vazquez has been viewed as the club's long-term solution at the position, but Leon was so good offensively and defensively this season when given a shot that Dombrowski's words come as no surprise. Vazquez is out of options and will likely be Leon's backup next season, with Blake Swihart going back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 07:35:00 PM

Sandy Leon is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Sunday night's showdown against the Yankees.

It's nothing more than a regular day of rest for the surprisingly hard-hitting backstop. Bryan Holaday will start in his place and bat ninth against C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Sandy Leon is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

Nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop. Ryan Hanigan will start behind the dish for the Red Sox and will bat eighth against J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Sandy Leon is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rays.

Bryan Holaday will start at catcher and bat ninth in the finale at Tropicana Field. It's just a routine day off for Leon, who's been one of the best stories of the second half. He's sitting on a ridiculous .369/.425/.618 season slash line in 176 plate appearances.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Sandy Leon homered and drew a nine-pitch walk Thursday against the Tigers.

The Red Sox have debated for two years whether Blake Swihart or Christian Vazquez would be their long-term catcher, but at this point, it's become realistic to think that Leon will be the starter on Opening Day next year. He's always been a fine defender, so it's not like he needs to keep hitting .382 to be a quality starter. Which is good, since he surely won't.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Sandy Leon went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored in a win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Leon just keeps doing his thing, with Saturday's game giving him three straight multi-hit contests and four in his last five starts. The homer was his fifth of the year. How he's doing it is something else -- Leon owns a .258/.318/.368 career line, and he had just one home run in his career before 2016 -- but the 27-year-old has been a revelation for the Sox this year, batting .390/.433/.642 in 40 games.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Sandy Leon had a two-run homer, an RBI single and a sac fly Friday against the Mariners.

That's MVP candidate Sandy Leon. He's hitting .374 with four homers, 10 doubles and 20 RBI in 108 at-bats this season. He has 17 more total bases (64 to 47) than he did in 209 career at-bats with the Nationals and Red Sox prior to this season.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 01:05:00 AM

Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Leon's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth pulled the Red Sox to within two runs, but the Tigers then escaped the jam. He will undoubtedly go into a tailspin at the plate at some point, but Leon has somehow managed a .400/.442/.650 batting line through 80 at-bats.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:21:00 PM

Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

The four RBI will go down as a career-best for the 27-year-old, who is having the best offensive year of his career in basically every aspect. Of course, that's just a 20-game sample, but Leon is batting .458/.500/.712 with two home runs and 13 RBI. He's certainly been a nice surprise for the Sox.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 08:48:00 PM

Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Leon came up clutch with a two-run double as part of a seven-run fifth inning for the Red Sox. The 27-year-old backstop has accumulated five doubles, a homer and nine RBI over 35 at-bats. While he has done a nice job in limited action, there is no reason to seek him out on the waiver wire, even in deeper AL-only formats.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 06:09:00 PM

Sandy Leon singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

Leon took reliever Danny Farquhar deep in the eighth inning. The journeyman catcher could be playing his way into sticking on the roster after Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list.
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 11:31:00 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of C Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Leon was hitting .243/.315/.339 with two homers for Pawtucket this season. He'll serve as the club's backup catcher while Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is out.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 10:33:00 AM

Red Sox signed C Sandy Leon to a one-year, $534,000 contract; sent him outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Leon was out of options, so guaranteeing him a big league contract was likely the only way the Red Sox could have kept him around. He'll offer the club some nice glove-first depth.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 03:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Sandy Leon
2Blake Swihart
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
3Marco Hernandez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
3Matt Dominguez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
4Carlos Quentin
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Henry Owens
9Kyle Kendrick
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott
10Noe Ramirez