Domingo Leyba

Position: 2B
Age: 20
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
B/T: Both / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent 7/13 (DET); Acquired in 3-team trade with Tigers and Yankees 12/5/14 (ARI)

Prospect Spotlight

Ranked as the sixth-overall prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization in 2015, Leyba is looking like he may be the highlight of the package Arizona received from Detroit in the Didi Gregorius (SS, Yankees) trade. Leyba, hailing from the Dominican Republic, has been best known for his bat, and so far in 2016 he has not disappointed. Sporting a .306 BA with .387 and .832 OBP and OPS, respectively, going into this week, there is a good chance Leyba makes the jump to Double-A at some point this summer. Leyba is not an overly big guy, but has some strength in his smaller frame, and he should be considered an above-average athlete. A switch hitter, he looks most comfortable and does most of his damage from the left side of the plate where he is hitting at a .315 clip with a .906 OPS. He shows a solid approach, especially for his age, with a 15:20 BB/K ratio, and with all 15 of those walks coming as a left-handed hitter. His level stroke produces solid carry on his line drives and while he doesn’t project to have a ton of HR pop, he should hit his share of doubles. With the way he moves and his athletic gait, it is easy to see him as being just above average as a runner, even though I didn’t get any good run times in my looks. He has enough arm strength for the SS position, but he did not show very good instincts, and seemed like he lost concentration on routine plays during Visalia’s mid-April series against Rancho Cucamonga. That said, I think he ultimately ends up at second base, or in a super utility role ala Jose Ramirez (INF/OF, Indians) at the major league level given his athleticism and arm strength. Leyba has turned in three multi-hit games over his last six, including four hits on Friday against the Lancaster JetHawks. – Dave DeFreitas