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Sandy Leon | Catcher | #3

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 240
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / WAS
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Sandy Leon enjoyed a big night at the plate on Friday against the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.
Leon took Eduardo Paredes deep for a two-run shot in the sixth inning before doubling home two more runs in the eighth. His four RBI tied a season-high. The 28-year-old predictably hasn’t been able to match his surprising production from last year, batting .248/.297/.409 with five homers and 22 RBI through 42 games. Jun 23 - 11:15 PM

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Sandy Leon went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Red Sox fell to the Rays on Friday night.

Leon delivered a two-run double and came around to score during a four-run rally in the seventh inning, pulling the Red Sox to within a run. That would be as close as they would get though. The veteran backstop finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .230/.250/.432 with four homers and 13 RBI on the season.
May 12 - 10:36 PM

Sandy Leon belted a pair of home runs and plated four on Sunday, powering the Red Sox in a 17-6 rout of the Twins.

In what looked on paper like it would be a pitcher's duel between Chris Sale and Ervin Santana, the two sides ended up combining for 23 runs. Leon tagged Santana for his first long ball, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-4 lead. He added another two-run blast during a 10-run uprising in the ninth inning. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting .246/.269/.462 with four homers and 11 RBI on the season.
May 7 - 6:00 PM

Sandy Leon swatted his second homer of the season as the Red Sox throttled the Twins on Saturday afternoon.

His solo shot came off of Michael Tonkin in the ninth inning, increasing the Red Sox advantage to 11-1. He also singled twice, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
May 6 - 5:55 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Sandy Leon will now catch only for Rick Porcello and Chris Sale.

That means that Christian Vazquez will catch for the other three starters. Leon has been in a funk at the plate through the first month of the season, hitting just .180/.196/.280 with one homer, six RBI and an 8/1 K/BB ratio through 51 plate appearances.
Apr 30 - 5:58 PM

Sandy Leon went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, dropping his average to .191.

Leon started off nicely enough, but he's back to the pre-2016 version of himself now, with his .506 OPS in 47 at-bats. The Red Sox should start giving more time to Christian Vazquez behind the plate.
Apr 26 - 10:58 PM

Sandy Leon is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Christian Vazquez will catch in Leon's place.
Apr 16 - 10:03 AM

Sandy Leon delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning on Sunday, leading the Red Sox to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Tigers.

The Red Sox entered the eighth inning trailing by a run, but laid the hammer down on Bruce Rondon. A bases loaded walk by Brock Holt tied the game before Leon delivered his go-ahead knock as part of a four-run uprising. Leon also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with a run scored. He's off to a blistering .438/.438/.750 start to the season with five RBI.
Apr 9 - 4:53 PM

Sandy Leon went 3-for-5 and hit a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th as the Red Sox beat the Pirates 3-0 on Wednesday.

Leon also had a double. His extra-base hits were the only ones either team collected in 80 at-bats tonight. Even after his breakthrough 2016, Leon is mostly viewed as a placeholder for the Red Sox. Still, even if Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez do make him expendable at some point, one imagines he'll be in some demand around the league.
Apr 5 - 11:42 PM

Sandy Leon hit two homers, the latter a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to an 11-9 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Both Leon homers came in a nine-run fifth inning. He had been 6-for-26 with no extra-base hits this spring going into this one. One of 2016's biggest surprises, Leon seems likely to disappoint offensively this year, though he'll remain a quality defensive catcher for Boston.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Deven Marrero
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Marco Hernandez
3Josh Rutledge
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Brock Holt
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
8Brian Johnson
9Doug Fister
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robby Scott
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robbie Ross
10Blaine Boyer
11Hector Velazquez