David Leal is not the type of player that is going to show up on top prospect lists. However, the Oakland A’s have never worried about those rankings and are far more focused on results.
That is where Leal has a chance. He is old for his level, as he is 25 years old in High-A. He does not have great stuff, with a fastball that could barely dent a fender. But none of that matters as long as he puts up the numbers.
He is certainly doing that. Armed with an excellent changeup and impeccable command, Leal has allowed just five runs, four earned, on ten hits and a walk over his 15.2 innings, striking out 18 batters. He has also been used in several roles, starting two games and finishing a third for the Lansing Lugnuts.
Chances are, he will get a promotion to Double-A soon, especially if he continues to produce at this level. As the A’s are looking for arms that could make a difference at the major league level, regardless of pedigree, Leal has a chance to turn some heads if he can continue to perform the way he has thus far.
David Leal is never going to be considered a top prospect. That does not mean that his performance should be overlooked.