By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 6, 2010
Leon Landry walked into Harwich for his first day in the Cape Cod League and promptly showed you almost everything you wanted to see about the LSU outfielder. Landry’s stocky physique might not be the ideal frame, but my advice is to watch this guy’s hands.
Landry is going to have three tools that play on the major league level. The first is his bat. Landry’s hands are quiet but fast and strong. Some scouts didn’t like that Landry doesn’t have a traditional load in his swing, but I disagree. If you watch Landry from the left side, he gives you a short load with his lead foot, but his trigger is in his hands. This is a rarity now, a hitter who “spins the top” and generates the torque by cocking his wrists. Very few hitters can do this, which is why you don’t see it very often.
Landry’s power is going to be the second tool. His home runs are not going to be booming long balls. They’re going to be rockets to right field and he should pick up more power to center field in his mid-20s. If everything progresses with Landry, he should grow into modest opposite field power as he nears age 30.
Landry’s speed will be an immediate asset. As a left-handed hitter, I repeatedly timed him well above average on the major league scale.
That means Landry has three money tools that project: contact, power and speed. That’s my kind of ballplayer.
Defensively, Landry was sore when I saw him because he jammed his shoulder in the College World Series. He played left field because he couldn’t throw very well. Landry’s speed would play in center field as a pro, where he would follow in the footsteps of his former teammate Jared Mitchell, the White Sox 2009 first rounder who Landry emulated.