Sandy León

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Sandy León
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León with the Boston Red Sox in 2017
Boston Red Sox – No. 3
Born: (1989-03-13) March 13, 1989 (age 30)
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 14, 2012, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through June 5, 2019)
Batting average.225
Home runs22
Runs batted in115
Career highlights and awards

Sandy David León Lopez (born March 13, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals.

Professional career[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

León playing for the Washington Nationals in 2012

León signed with the Washington Nationals on January 17, 2007,[1] and made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Nationals later that year. He spent two years in the Gulf Coast League before splitting the 2009 season between the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York–Penn League and the South Atlantic League's Hagerstown Suns. León returned to the Suns for the 2010 season and was promoted to the Potomac Nationals in 2011. He spent time with the Auburn Doubledays, Harrisburg Senators, and Syracuse Chiefs in 2012 before his first major league callup.

León was called up to the majors for the first time on May 13, 2012.[2] He made his Major League debut on May 14, 2012. In the fourth inning of his debut, León sprained his right ankle in a collision with San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley at home plate.[3]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

León was traded to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations on March 30, 2015.[4] He was designated for assignment on July 21, and on July 30 he was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox. He was re-added to the major league roster on September 1. León appeared in 41 games with Boston during the season, batting .184 with no home runs and three RBIs.

León started the 2016 season in the minors, but was promoted to Boston on June 5, when Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart went on the disabled list.[5] He finished his MLB season with a .310 batting average in 78 games, with seven home runs and 35 RBIs.[6]

León appeared in 85 games with the Red Sox in 2017, batting .225 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs.

In 2018, León split time at catcher with Christian Vázquez, appearing in 89 games while batting .177 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. The Red Sox finished the year with a 108–54 record and went on to win the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers,[7] with León batting 3-for-6 in the series.

In 2019, León was placed on waivers on March 24,[8][9] and the Red Sox sent him outright to Triple-A Pawtucket on March 26.[10] He accepted his assignment, rather than electing to forego his 2019 salary and become a free agent.[11] León had his contract selected on April 16, when Blake Swihart was designated for assignment.[12][13] León was placed on the paternity list on May 17, then activated on May 20,[14] following the birth of a daughter.[15]

Personal life[edit]

León and his wife have a son born in 2017,[16] and a daughter born in May 2019.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nationals sign four prospects". January 17, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Comack, Amanda (May 13, 2012). "Nationals to call-up catcher Sandy Leon in light of Wilson Ramos injury". Washington Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Porath, Brendan. "Sandy Leon Injury: Nationals' Catcher To Disabled List". sbnation. Vox Media, Inc. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Browne, Ian (March 30, 2015). "Red Sox act quickly, acquire catcher Leon from Nationals". Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Browne, Ian. "Leon may stay with Sox when Hanigan returns". Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sandy Leon Stats |". Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "Boston Red Sox win 2018 World Series". MLB. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Polishuk, Mark (March 24, 2019). "Red Sox Place Sandy Leon On Waivers". Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Silverman, Michael (March 25, 2019). "Red Sox notebook: Sandy Leon the odd man out". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". March 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Smith, Christopher (March 28, 2019). "Sandy Leon accepts Pawtucket assignment, his Boston Red Sox contract of $2.475M to count toward CBT". Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Abraham, Peter (April 16, 2019). "Red Sox designate Blake Swihart for assignment and bring up Sandy Leon". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". April 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". May 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Collins, Matt (May 20, 2019). "Red Sox at Blue Jays Lineups: A Monday Matinee". Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  16. ^ @MarlyRiveraESPN (October 19, 2018). "Sandy León with his wife Liliana at Minute Maid Park" (Tweet). Retrieved May 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ @guerinaustin (May 20, 2019). "Sandy has a son, Noah. They are welcoming a baby girl today" (Tweet). Retrieved May 20, 2019 – via Twitter.

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