Fungoes

Patrick Leyland Learning His Trade

If you’ve been wondering how the Tigers’ eighth-round pick in 2010, Patrick Leyland, has been progressing here’s an update from The Norwich Bulletin:

The consensus between Connecticut manager Andrew Graham and Detroit’s roving catching coordinator, Joe Depastino, is that Leyland is blessed with a wealth of talent. Because the 6-foot-2, 200-pound catcher didn’t see as many games playing high school ball as players from warmer climates, Leyland needs to get used to playing every day.

The things Leyland does behind that plate that will likely determine how far he goes.

“He’s a little raw and it all starts with his set-up,” Depastino said. “He’s got a good arm, blocking — everything is good. Right now he’s working on his set-up a little bit more. If he gets that good set-up and good base, which he’s been working on in the last few days, that’s going to help.”

He’s played only four games this season due to a calf injury.

Leyland’s teammates include Colin Kaline and Bo McClendon.

If you’re looking at the team’s website, check out the old English C on the lids. Not pretty.

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