Patrick Leonard: It is awfully tough to be a first base prospect
Leonard’s second year in the Rays system certainly went better than the first. He hit to a .284/.359/.448 line at High-A Charlotte with 26 doubles, 13 homers, 58 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 515 plate appearances, and he looked like he had broken through as a prospect. However, then he headed to the Arizona Fall League and did not do much.
Leonard had one big day on November 3rd, when he went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs. However, his overall .182/.299/.318 line in the AFL was much less impressive and took the luster off of his strong regular season. Usually that is something that we would overlook, but that is difficult to do given Leonard’s position.
Patrick Leonard is a little more athletic than your average first baseman and shows that off in the field and on the basepaths, but his fate still lies almost entirely in his bat. Between his poor 2013 and his disastrous AFL stint, there is reason for concern that he will never hit enough. The good news for Leonard, though, is that if he can get back to his performance from the regular season when he heads to Double-A, those detractors will begin to disappear.