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Portrait of Sandy Leon

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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
253 .233 6 25 25 0 80 1.0
Birth Date3-13-1989
Height5' 10"
Weight225 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 8 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
-0.42015
1.22016
1.12017
1.12018
1.02019
proj
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2012 WAS 23 12 36 8 2 0 0 4 11 2 0 0 .267 .389 .333 72 -1.2 -1.2 0.7 0.0
2013 WAS 24 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 74 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 WAS 25 20 70 10 1 0 1 6 20 0 0 0 .156 .229 .219 63 -2.8 0.0 0.3 0.0
2015 BOS 26 41 128 21 2 0 0 7 28 1 0 1 .184 .238 .202 55 -6.3 -0.5 -2.0 -0.4
2016 BOS 27 78 283 78 17 2 7 23 66 2 0 0 .310 .369 .476 103 1.6 -1.5 -1.5 1.2
2017 BOS 28 85 301 61 14 0 7 25 74 1 0 0 .225 .290 .354 74 -8.8 -5.2 10.8 1.1
2018 BOS 29 89 288 47 12 0 5 15 75 4 1 0 .177 .232 .279 58 -13.6 -0.7 11.7 1.1
Career327110722548220802751011.226.288.33874-31.0-9.119.93.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 NAT Rk GCL 31 115 .244 .351 .339 .229 113 -7 3.5 2 49 0 -0.4 0.1 -7.7 -0.2
2008 NAT Rk GCL 26 86 .251 .346 .338 .246 107 -3.2 2.8 1.7 4 0 0.4 -1.7 -4.2 -0.1
2009 HAG A SAL 23 83 .257 .328 .370 .298 96 -3.5 2.4 0.8 49 0 0.1 -0.4 -5.9 -0.3
2009 VER A- NYP 50 195 .241 .322 .349 .287 101 3.2 5.5 3.1 113 0 1.7 -2.0 -1.5 0.7
2010 HAG A SAL 98 385 .255 .323 .377 .317 93 5.9 11.4 5.9 103 0 9.7 -2.7 -4.5 2.0
2011 POT A+ CAR 109 416 .248 .317 .370 .292 102 -11.1 12.5 6.9 73 0 14.4 -1.8 -20.3 1.2
2011 ZUL Wnt VWL 14 32 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 WAS MLB NL 12 36 .249 .318 .383 .421 101 1.1 1.0 0.6 72 13 0.7 -1.2 -1.2 0.0
2012 AUB A- NYP 5 18 .256 .334 .384 .385 109 2.3 0.5 0 153 0 0.0 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 HAR AA EAS 40 149 .254 .325 .380 .342 105 2.4 4.1 2.5 125 0 5.5 0.4 1.5 1.5
2012 SYR AAA INT 19 64 .248 .326 .376 .421 100 6.3 1.9 1.2 184 0 3.7 -2.3 5.2 1.0
2012 ZUL Wnt VWL 32 93 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 WAS MLB NL 2 1 .228 .290 .302 .000 105 -0.2 0.0 0 74 9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 AUB A- NYP 3 13 .243 .301 .335 .100 117 -2.3 0.3 0.2 22 0 0.1 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2013 HAR AA EAS 95 361 .253 .332 .384 .207 96 -16.1 9.8 5.9 63 0 21.7 1.4 -19.4 2.1
2014 WAS MLB NL 20 70 .251 .314 .384 .209 99 -5 1.8 1.1 63 11 0.3 0.0 -2.8 0.0
2014 SYR AAA INT 51 193 .258 .331 .397 .264 100 -5.1 5.8 2.6 90 0 11.4 -0.7 -4.7 1.4
2015 BOS MLB AL 41 128 .254 .312 .400 .244 110 -11.2 3.5 1.9 55 12 -2.0 -0.5 -6.3 -0.4
2015 PAW AAA INT 26 111 .257 .316 .370 .333 89 -0.2 3.1 1.1 106 0 2.0 0.6 -0.9 0.6
2016 BOS MLB AL 78 283 .257 .320 .424 .392 111 9.6 8.0 4.6 103 8 -1.5 -1.5 1.6 1.2
2016 PAW AAA INT 36 130 .251 .315 .372 .286 94 -3.6 3.7 1.4 75 0 6.2 -0.1 -4.8 0.7
2017 BOS MLB AL 85 301 .256 .325 .428 .280 105 -10.8 8.8 5.3 74 11 10.8 -5.2 -8.8 1.1
2018 BOS MLB AL 89 288 .256 .323 .423 .226 106 -22.6 8.1 4.9 58 13 11.7 -0.7 -13.6 1.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 NAT Rk GCL 115 94 10 19 0 0 0 19 11 17 15 0 0 .202 .313 .202 .000 4 4
2008 NAT Rk GCL 86 74 12 14 1 1 0 17 11 9 18 1 2 .189 .291 .230 .041 1 1
2009 VER A- NYP 195 166 16 41 10 1 2 59 18 24 29 1 1 .247 .347 .355 .108 1 1
2009 HAG A SAL 83 78 7 17 3 0 0 20 6 5 21 0 0 .218 .265 .256 .038 0 0
2010 HAG A SAL 385 325 48 81 10 6 2 109 36 50 79 3 5 .249 .345 .335 .086 5 5
2011 POT A+ CAR 416 370 36 93 21 1 6 134 43 33 69 1 3 .251 .312 .362 .111 3 9
2011 ZUL Wnt VWL 32 28 2 7 0 0 0 7 2 4 4 0 0 .250 .344 .250 .000 0 0
2012 HAR AA EAS 149 135 15 42 12 0 1 57 19 9 16 1 0 .311 .358 .422 .111 2 1
2012 WAS MLB NL 36 30 2 8 2 0 0 10 2 4 11 0 0 .267 .389 .333 .067 0 0
2012 ZUL Wnt VWL 93 86 9 21 1 1 1 27 10 6 23 1 1 .244 .293 .314 .070 0 1
2012 SYR AAA INT 64 52 8 18 5 0 2 29 4 12 12 0 0 .346 .469 .558 .212 0 0
2012 AUB A- NYP 18 15 3 5 2 0 0 7 3 3 2 0 0 .333 .444 .467 .133 0 0
2013 AUB A- NYP 13 13 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 0 0
2013 HAR AA EAS 361 310 35 55 12 1 3 78 26 47 57 0 0 .177 .291 .252 .074 1 0
2013 WAS MLB NL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2014 SYR AAA INT 193 170 26 39 9 0 5 63 25 23 36 1 0 .229 .321 .371 .141 0
2014 WAS MLB NL 70 64 7 10 1 0 1 14 3 6 20 0 0 .156 .229 .219 .063 0
2015 BOS MLB AL 128 114 8 21 2 0 0 23 3 7 28 0 1 .184 .238 .202 .018 0 6
2015 PAW AAA INT 111 99 8 26 4 0 1 33 13 10 23 0 1 .263 .342 .333 .071 0 0
2016 BOS MLB AL 283 252 36 78 17 2 7 120 35 23 66 0 0 .310 .369 .476 .167 2 4
2016 PAW AAA INT 130 115 12 28 3 1 2 39 13 11 24 0 0 .243 .315 .339 .096 2 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 301 271 32 61 14 0 7 96 39 25 74 0 0 .225 .290 .354 .129 3 1
2018 BOS MLB AL 288 265 30 47 12 0 5 74 22 15 75 1 0 .177 .232 .279 .102 1 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2012 145 0.4069 0.4069 0.7627 0.5085 0.3372 0.9333 0.5862 0.2373 0.0019
2013 4 0.2500 0.7500 0.3333 1.0000 0.6667 1.0000 0.0000 0.6667 -0.0001
2014 270 0.4556 0.3963 0.7477 0.5285 0.2857 0.8923 0.5238 0.2523 -0.0009
2015 498 0.5040 0.4257 0.8302 0.5896 0.2591 0.8784 0.7188 0.1698 -0.0059
2016 1166 0.4468 0.4254 0.8004 0.5681 0.3101 0.8716 0.6950 0.1996 0.0000
2017 1243 0.4545 0.4489 0.7849 0.6035 0.3201 0.8710 0.6498 0.2151 0.0000
2018 1160 0.4578 0.4638 0.7714 0.6121 0.3386 0.8615 0.6338 0.2286 0.0000
Career44860.45720.43980.78710.58770.31430.87290.65490.2129-0.0006

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-15 2012-07-03 15-DL 49 42 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle Sprain Collision At Plate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $2,475,000
2018 BOS $1,950,000
2017 BOS $1,300,000
2016 BOS $
2015 BOS $510,400
2014 WAS $
2013 WAS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,760,400
2018Current$2,475,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$6,235,400
5 yrTotal$6,235,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 149 d1 year/$2.475M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.475M (2019). Re-signed by Boston 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 75, 100 games at catcher.
  • 1 year/$1.95M (2018). Re-signed by Boston 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2017). Re-signed by Boston 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Boston (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Boston 6/5/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5104M (2015). Re-signed by Washington 3/15. Acquired by Boston in trade from Washington 3/30/15. DFA by Washington 7/20/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/30/15. Contract selected by Boston 9/1/15. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 11/6/15.
  • 1 year/$0.501M (2014). Re-signed by Washington 2/26/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Washington 3/6/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Washington 5/13/12.
  • Signed by Washington 2007 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 85 Geronimo Gil 2006 0 DNP
2 85 Chris Herrmann 2018 91
3 84 Rob Johnson 2013 75
4 84 Martin Maldonado 2017 73
5 84 Jose Lobaton 2015 80
6 83 Landon Powell 2012 0 DNP
7 82 Dioner Navarro 2014 106
8 81 Yorvit Torrealba 2009 85
9 81 Josh Thole 2017 0 DNP
10 80 Willie Harris 2008 102
11 80 John Baker 2011 73
12 79 Brayan Pena 2012 77
13 79 Jason Phillips 2007 66
14 79 Carlos Corporan 2014 100
15 79 Francisco Cervelli 2016 92
16 79 Johnny Gooch 1928 68
17 79 Hank Deberry 1925 80
18 79 Tom Daly 1922 0 DNP
19 79 Bobby Wilson 2013 0 DNP
20 79 Sal Yvars 1954 93
21 79 Tom Lampkin 1994 0 DNP
22 79 Ronny Paulino 2011 88
23 78 Earl Grace 1937 89
24 78 Alex Trevino 1988 96
25 78 Gerald Laird 2010 63
26 78 Rollie Hemsley 1937 54
27 78 Scott Servais 1997 75
28 78 Steve Decker 1996 80
29 78 Brian Schneider 2007 81
30 78 Ramon Vazquez 2007 75
31 78 Ray Hayworth 1934 96
32 78 Clyde Kluttz 1948 66
33 78 Eric Munson 2008 0 DNP
34 78 Sammy Taylor 1963 80
35 77 Charlie Lau 1963 88
36 77 Al Spohrer 1933 78
37 77 Mitch Maier 2012 66
38 77 Chris Bando 1986 80
39 77 Joe Tipton 1952 115
40 77 Jerry Narron 1986 75
41 77 Brendan Harris 2011 0 DNP
42 77 Darrell Miller 1988 79
43 77 Casey McGehee 2013 0 DNP
44 77 Ernie Whitt 1982 98
45 77 Rod Barajas 2006 87
46 77 Alan Ashby 1982 102
47 77 Humberto Quintero 2010 61
48 77 Art Jorgens 1935 90
49 77 Buck Crouse 1927 76
50 77 Josh Bard 2008 67
51 77 Bob Barton 1972 55
52 77 Milt May 1981 108
53 77 Johnny Estrada 2006 95
54 77 Bob Stinson 1976 93
55 77 Carlos Ruiz 2009 101
56 77 Rick Cerone 1984 76
57 77 Joe Glenn 1939 84
58 77 J. C. Martin 1967 92
59 77 Jesus Sucre 2018 73
60 77 Rube Walker 1956 62
61 77 Ray Schalk 1923 77
62 77 Del Rice 1953 83
63 77 Danny Kravitz 1961 0 DNP
64 77 Al Lopez 1939 89
65 76 Brent Mayne 1998 86
66 76 Doug Camilli 1967 69
67 76 Matt Batts 1952 82
68 76 Keith Osik 1999 55
69 76 Henry Blanco 2002 80
70 76 Chris Burke 2010 0 DNP
71 76 Frank Mancuso 1948 0 DNP
72 76 Tom Pagnozzi 1993 93
73 76 Mike Sandlock 1946 68
74 76 Brad Ausmus 1999 97
75 76 Bill Haselman 1996 88
76 76 Bill Fahey 1980 88
77 76 Zack Taylor 1929 67
78 76 Bryan Holaday 2018 81
79 76 Rich Gedman 1990 71
80 76 Gary Bennett 2002 71
81 76 Dave Valle 1991 80
82 76 A.J. Hinch 2004 70
83 76 Brook Fordyce 2000 103
84 76 Mark Salas 1991 56
85 76 Darren Daulton 1992 148
86 76 Rick Dempsey 1980 103
87 76 Jeff Mathis 2013 61
88 76 Kevan Smith 2018 101
89 76 Jerry Grote 1973 69
90 76 Raul Casanova 2003 0 DNP
91 76 Greg Myers 1996 83
92 76 Ed Herrmann 1977 88
93 76 Jimmie Wilson 1931 88
94 76 Les Moss 1955 120
95 76 Benny Bengough 1929 60
96 76 Birdie Tebbetts 1943 0 DNP
97 76 Joe Pignatano 1960 86
98 76 Gary Allenson 1985 46
99 76 Barry Lyons 1990 95
100 76 Tony Eusebio 1997 92

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 The main attraction with Leon will always be his defense. He’s great against the run and an average blocker. According to our catching stats, Leon was a good framer in 2017, too. But that’s the standard backup-catcher kit. What makes Leon a little more interesting is his penchant for catching fire at the plate for a few weeks every season. Last year it was May 6 through July 1. For those glorious three and a half fortnights, Leon hit .290/.350/.473 in 104 PA. Outside of that stretch he was as pathetic with a bat in his hands as anyone this side of Danny DeVito’s Penguin. Alas, that’s why Leon remains a decent no. 2 backstop and nothing more, but his hot streaks remain as fun as they are random.
2017 Where were you when Sandy Leon turned into Johnny Bench for six weeks? From June 7 through August 16, a 42-game span in which Leon logged 145 plate appearances, he hit .380/.434/.620. No one expected the man who entered the season with a .187 average to stay hotter than a PFT Commenter take, but his regression was as sad and sudden as it was predictable. From August 17 onward, a 36-game stretch in which Leon logged 138 plate appearances, even occupying the DH spot once, he hit just .236/.301/.325. For a Red Sox team getting nothing behind the plate thanks to Blake Swihart (broken ankle), Christian Vazquez (lack of bat) and Ryan Hanigan (looks too much like Droopy Dog), Leon was a smiley, bearded, run-defending (+1.1 throwing runs) godsend. Alas, the flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. But even if he never hits again, it’s better to have Leoned and lost than to never have Leoned at all.
2016 Literally Spanish for “a beached sea lion,” Sandy Leon is a 70-grade defender and a 20-grade everything else. Fifty percent of the time he threw out would-be base-stealers every time.
2015 The most rewarding thing about Sandy Leon's 2014 season was that he wasn't the only Nationals position player with an OPS+ lower than his jersey number. He wore number 41.
2014 Defensive specialist Sandy Leon's offensive line is putrid enough to become a filthy euphemism. Youve probably even performed a Sandy Leon on a passed-out friend before, you knave.
2013 The emergence of Leon, who went from High-A to the majors last year, allowed the team the freedom to non-tender Flores. Leon will almost certainly start the season in Triple-A with Wilson Ramos and Suzuki handling the big-league duties, but he gives them great defensive depth behind the dish. With Suzuki a free agent after this year, Leon is eyeing the backup job for 2014.
2011 With strong-armed Sandy Leon gunning down 51 percent of base thieves, the Nats have credible catching talent top to bottom in the system.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-09-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why did Boston management decide that Blake Swihart could not handle catching?
(mikewilsonelgin from Bloomington)
Maybe it's not just that he can't "handle" catching, but that they don't value his lifeless bat there. If Christian Vaquez and Sandy Leon were hitting better, I'd point to that. I do think Vazquez has the highest upside at this point, in terms of offensive contribution. Makes sense to give him the bulk of playing time. I can't pretend to know Boston's plans, but for fantasy purposes, at least Swihart gets multi-position eligibility, which makes him rosterable in very deep leagues with 2 catchers. (Kevin Jebens)
2016-09-07 19:00:00 (link to chat)With a stacked Red Sox system with limited playing time, do you think Swihart gets moved in the offseason to a different club and starts a regular catching gig? I was really hoping that he would stick behind the plate. As it stands, he won't even have catcher eligibility in my fantasy league next year.
(fightingmoose from Manitoba, Canada)
The outfield trial didn't go so well, did it? Sandy Leon can't possibly be this good, but he's probably seized the Red Sox catching job for awhile, and Christian Vazquez is still around. He seems like a prime candidate for a change of scenery, and it wouldn't shock me if he's a prime post-hype sleeper.

Catcher development patterns are weird. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)What is a Sandy Leon? Do you see him as a MLB starter for years to come? Top 15 or 20 offensive catcher? Or a flash in the pan due to regress and wade back into obscurity?
(Hillary Clinton from ICU)
A Sandy Leon is round and/or #husky, depending on your definitions, and that is always a good start. And if you can figure out Sandy Leon's season, you're better at this than me. The swing doesn't look particularly different than it used to, and his hot zones haven't particularly changed - he still has holes in as a lefty, away as righty, and up as both. He's just doing a ton of damage on balls in his sweet spots, and for whatever reason he keeps getting pitches in them, frequently. I would not invest with confidence in a dynasty league, at all, but it's been a helluva fun little ride this year.

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2016-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Sandy Leon? I know tge BABIP is unsustainable but do you see a MLB regular? What sort of slash line is reasonable to expect going forward?
(Kyle Seager from Bob's Burgers)
First of all, great chat name and thank you for following me on twitter. I didn't see this coming, but the sample size is no longer that small, and he's killing the ball. You mention the BABIP -- and for sure regression is coming -- but he's making a ton of hard contact. I think he be at least an average regular. (Christopher Crawford)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2012 AAA .017 2.9 587 .000 0.0 9 -.009 -.001 0.1 4.0 3.7
2012 MLB .027 1.9 332 .010 -0.9 5 .017 .000 -0.1 2.2 0.7
2013 MLB -.001 0.0 5 -.002 0.0 0 .000 .001 0.0 1.2 0.0
2014 MLB .001 0.2 703 -.001 0.2 7 -.027 -.003 0.1 0.2 0.3
2014 AAA .022 10.5 1801 .000 0.1 20 -.087 .000 1.2 11.2 11.4
2015 AAA .009 2.1 916 .000 0.0 20 -.006 .000 0.1 2.4 2.0
2015 MLB -.012 -3.4 1345 .001 -0.3 19 -.037 .000 0.4 -3.4 -2.0
2016 AAA .021 6.2 0 .000 0.0 15 -.029 .000 0.3 7.2 6.2
2016 MLB -.004 -2.1 2638 .001 -0.5 30 -.057 -.004 1.1 -1.0 -1.5
2017 MLB .013 9.7 3302 .000 0.4 39 -.076 .001 2.0 10.7 10.8
2018 MLB .016 11.6 3331 .000 0.1 30 -.003 -.001 0.1 11.7 11.7

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