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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Pablo Sandoval
2Brock Holt
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
3Steve Selsky
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Joe Kelly
4Robbie Ross
5Fernando Abad
6Matt Barnes
7Carson Smith
8Heath Hembree
9Robby Scott