TYLER LEFFLER, SHORTSTOP
Born: July 11, 1994
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 27th Round, 825th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bradley University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Leffler is a plus defender at shortstop who hit over .300 in three of his four seasons as a starter for Bradley. In his junior season, he hit .196/.305/.255 in 57 games, which was 158 points below his sophomore average. In the summer of 2015, Leffler went to the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate league, and hit well, so his junior season stats are a bit of a mystery. Leffler rebounded to hit .313/.402/.474 his senior season and he started all 50 games. That ran his streak of consecutive starts to 204 games, so he’s a durable player. He isn’t fast, and his on base percentage is helped by a lot of hit-by-pitches. The Pirates took three defensive-minded college shortstops in the draft; Leffler signed shortly afterward.

2016
A-:  227/301/258, 66 AB, 2 2B, 4 BB, 9 K

Leffler got into 20 games with Morgantown, while missing parts of July and August with injuries.  He got into two games at short and otherwise played second.  He didn’t show much at the plate, although he at least made contact most of the time.

Leffler will likely be a utility infielder at the lower levels.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2017: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2016
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 27th round, 825th overall pick; signed on June 16.
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