Rays Prospects

Rays Winter Leagues Recap: Patrick Leonard Drills Two Homers

By Robbie Knopf

Patrick Leonard made the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game despite somewhat underwhelming numbers, but the story may be different when we look back upon it in a few years. A few more games like Leonard had on Monday, and we’ll be saying that he tore up the AFL including an appearance in the Rising Stars Game.

Arizona Fall League: Peoria Javelinas 6, Scottsdale Scorpions 5

When the Tampa Bay Rays executed the Wil MyersJames Shields trade, they were excited about Myers’ ability to be a power-hitting outfielder in the major leagues. One thing that we hear about less, though, is how enthralled they were by Patrick Leonard’s power potential as well. Leonard turned that potential into results as he led the Javelinas to this win.

Leonard went 3 for 4 in the game with an RBI single in the first inning, a solo homer in the third, and another solo shot in the fourth, providing half of the Javelinas’ offense in the game. The two home runs were his first of the AFL season, but they cap a stretch of strong play in his last five games and just might be the start of something even bigger. Despite a rough start, Leonard now has a solid .244/.306/.444 line for Peoria despite entering the fall without a single game above A-ball. Leonard is starting to attract attention and make his case for being the Rays’ first baseman of the future.