A strong kid, I wasn’t privileged enough to see any of his power on display when I scouted him in mid August. I saw a kid that handled third base admirably and should be able to stick there as he moves up the chain. He was one of the few power hitters on the Burlington Royals that didn’t have either a huge hole or gap in his swing. The only player in the bottom 25 of my top 50 who maintained the same ranking in each draft.
Power projection? Leonard has it as the former fifth round pick slugged 14 home runs in his short season debut while maintaining a 10+% walk rate. On the field, he made a stronger first impression than uber-prospect Bubba Starling. With Lexington now a Royals affiliate, I’ll have ample opportunity to follow up on Leonard in 2013. A better look at his defensive abilities will help complete the profile.