Michael De Leon
Up next at Notes from the Sally is yet another talented shortstop who spent significant time in the SAL this year. Michael De Leon of the Rangers whom after spending 2014 touring the country side with stops in Low-A Hickory, A+ Myrtle Beach, Double-A Frisco and Surprise Arizona in the Fall League, spent all of 2015 with the Crawdads.
I only got one look at De Leon this year and it was early. I got a couple of additional looks late at Hickory but he was sidelined. Not much to work with but combined with the batted ball rates it’s enough for a good base.
De Leon age 18 is listed at 6’1″ 160 lbs he’s likely a few pounds heavier than that. He bats both and throws right. He’s a slender young man, not likely to pack on a ton of muscle but he could add another 10-15 pounds worth.
At the dish De Leon has the same set up at the plate both left handed and right handed. An upright closed stance a toe tap for timing and a nice balanced swing throughout. He’s got an aggressive approach with a level swing that’s a little on the long side and he’s got above average bat speed.
A look at the batted ball rates courtesy of MLB Farm
Vs RHP (183 balls in play) 56% ground ball rate, 19% fly ball rate,18% line drive rate and 7% popup rate with a 7% BB rate and 15% strikeout rate.
A large majority of the ground balls are to his pull side, balls to the outfield are pretty evenly dispersed between all fields. Not showing much pop left handed as evidenced by his .41 ISO.
Vs LHP (73 balls in play) 36% ground ball rate, 26% line drive rate, 26% fly ball rate and 12% popup rate with a 5% walk rate and 11% strikeout rate.
Nearly every ground ball vs LHP is to his pull side, balls in the air are to all fields but he definitely prefers his pull side, with quite a few placed up the middle as well. De Leon is a different hitter vs left handed pitching he’s putting a much higher percentage of balls in the air and he looks to drive the ball more and he’s sporting a .128 ISO vs lefties albeit in a small sample size.
Here we get a good look at his swing courtesy of the Prospect Pipeline.
With just one look at De Leon it’s hard to get a read on the glove and i didn’t get to see him at top speed so I thought I’d link to an article that can help shed some light on him.
The folks at SB Nations “Lone Star Ball” had a nice write up on De Leon this past Spring: http://www.lonestarball.com/2015/2/18/8062411/michael-deleon-scouting-report.
According to the article industry consensus says defensively he projects to stay at the shortstop position and there’s a lot of positives about his makeup.
De Leon is an 18 year old kid who’s already had a lot of experience at full season ball. He’ll have to prove it with the bat at every level, but he might have a utility glove to fall back on.
Sorry I didn’t have a ton of info on De Leon but I thought I’d share what info I did have and the Lone Star Ball article helped fill in the gaps nicely.
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