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Julian Leon

Born: 01/24/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 235
Primary Position: C
Thick frame, compact weight, square shoulders with upper-body strength, strong base, limited physical projection remaining, body will require maintenance
Evaluator Wilson Karaman
Report Date 05/12/2016
Dates Seen 5 games, April-May 2016
Affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A, Dodgers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2018 Moderate 45 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Slightly open setup, front knee pigeoned, hand and elbow high off back shoulder with pointed bat head; hitch with hand drift at load, length and loop into zone; hips leaks, stays open on stride; toe tap, consistent weight transfer, stiff front side, limited leverage off back leg, average bat speed; noisy hands, difficulty shutting down and adjusting; over-aggressive hitter, hunts early fastballs, will expand up in hitter's counts, gets himself out
Power 45 Average raw, natural strength, all-fields power, carry to opposite field, swing path to get balls into the air; limited lower-half leverage, loses hip-shoulder alignment, game utility plays down a half-grade
Baserunning/Speed 20 Rarely digs even on double-play balls, coasting runner, zero second gear, 4.88 on a one-step checkup closest to true run time; bottom of the scale with poor utility on the bases
Glove 50 Some effort to the ground on blocks, average present mobility with higher-maintenance frame; strong glove hand, firm receiving with little give; struggles to massage balls on the corner, can steal low strikes; captains the defense, leadership with pitchers
Arm 55 1.97 average on three pops, solid transfer, below-average foot speed, above-average arm strength plays down a half-grade at present on account of inconsistent footwork

An undercard IFA signee from Mexican trip that netted Julio Urias (and Yasiel Puig) in 2012, Leon is a solid receiver and field general behind the plate. His frame is physically maxed and borders on stocky, and the present mobility is only an average asset. An aggressive hitter, Leon can drive the ball with authority to all fields but his long, looping swing and impatient approach leave him with exploitable holes and portend well above-average swing-and-miss. He's quite young for the level after an aggressive promotion, and the foundational skill set is broad enough to suggest second-division big-league potential if he develops an approach at the plate and maintains his present physicality.

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