Ryan Leonards promoted to White Sox Class A Affiliate
Former Notre Dame and Louisiana/Lafayette standout Ryan Leonards was promoted to the Chicago White Sox Class A Affiliate Kannapolis Intimidators on Tuesday evening.
GREAT FALLS, Mt. - When Ryan Leonards was called into the manager’s office following Great Falls’ 3-1 loss to Helena, Mt. Tuesday evening, the former Notre Dame and Louisiana/Lafayette standout wasn’t sure what to expect.
He wasn’t expecting to hear bad news, but neither was he expecting to hear what his manager so urgently had to tell him.
After just nine games with the Chicago White Sox Advanced Rookie Affiliate, Leonards was informed that he was being bumped up to the club’s Class A affiliate, the Kannapolis Intimidators, in North Carolina.
He packed his bags and headed east on Wednesday.
“I was kind of caught off guard by it,” said Leonards of learning he was being called up. “It was kind of a shocker because I wasn’t expecting it this soon.
“But I was excited; I mean that is everybody’s goal when they get into professional baseball……to move up as fast as you can and try to get to the big leagues. I am still far away from there, but it’s nice (to move up).”
Leonards, who started nine games at shortstop for the Voyagers, was second on the team in batting average (.368) and he had one double, two triples and two RBI in his brief time in Great Falls. He also struck out just three times in 36 plate appearances.
“I had a great experience at Great Falls,” said Leonards. “I got to play with and against a lot of good prospects.”
Leonards had his best game with the Voyagers on June 25 when he went 4-for-5 in a 6-5 victory over Helena. He also scored the winning run and added an RBI. The four hits were the most by a Great Falls hitter in 2014.
Leonards also collected the Voyagers’ first triple of the season in that contest.
“I just did what I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember and that’s just playing each game as hard as I can and each out as hard as I can. And if you do that, things will work out in the end.”
The move was made possible on Tuesday when Intimidators’ shortstop Cleuluis Rondon was promoted to the Class A-Advanced Winston Salem Dash.
Leonards, who turns 23 this month, was selected in the 21st round by the White Sox in the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He hit .324 for the Ragin’ Cajuns and had five home runs, 96 RBI and an on-base percentage of .402 over his four-year college career.
Leonards is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and he becomes the third member of the White Sox 2014 draft class to reach Class A, joining Intimidators catcher Brett Austin (fourth round) and reliever Ben Brewster (15th round).