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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 (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored in his return to the lineup Sunday against the White Sox.
Leon ended up missing a week with a right knee injury suffered on a slide into home plate. He should be fine moving forward. The 28-year-old is batting .245/.301/.391 with six homers and 27 RBI over 60 games this season. Aug 7 - 8:37 AM

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Sandy Leon (knee) is expected to return to the Red Sox' lineup on Sunday.

Leon hurt his right knee on a slide at home plate last Saturday. "Went through a full series of workouts (Wednesday) — blocking balls, change of directions, throwing to the bases," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He’s getting closer. We would target him on Sunday in the starting role with (Doug) Fister on the mound, but the right knee is responding well to the work and treatment."
Aug 4 - 9:28 AM

Updating an earlier report, Sandy Leon is dealing with a right knee injury.

That would explain Leon's absence the last three games. Leon injured himself on a slide at home plate over the weekend and is day-to-day. Christian Vazquez will catch for Chris Sale Tuesday against Cleveland.
Aug 1 - 4:29 PM

Sandy Leon is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.

Leon has now missed three straight starts. He's started all of Chris Sale's starts this season, so something is likely going on physically. We should hear more soon. Christian Vazquez will start behind the plate Tuesday.
Aug 1 - 3:23 PM

Sandy Leon went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Mariners.

Leon clocked an Andrew Moore offering for a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead. That was more than enough offense for a dominant Chris Sale. The homer was Leon's sixth of the season. Overall, the backstop holds a .242/.292/.382 triple-slash with six homers and 26 RBI over the course of 57 games played.
Jul 26 - 7:34 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
4Josh Rutledge
5Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Doug Fister
8Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Addison Reed
3Joe Kelly
4Matt Barnes
5Carson Smith
6Heath Hembree
7Fernando Abad
8Brandon Workman
9Blaine Boyer
10Ben Taylor
11Robbie Ross
12Tyler Thornburg