No. 1 overall Canadian prospect and Texas signee Landon Leach plans to pen a contract with the Minnesota Twins, Burnt Orange Nation confirms. The right-handed pitcher was taken 37th overall in the MLB draft, and had committed to the ‘Horns in November.
Texas' top pitcher commit & 37th overall draft pick Landon Leach tells me he will forego college, sign with the Minnesota Twins. #HookEm— jack keyes (@jackkeyez) June 23, 2017
Leach is completing a medical evaluation on Friday afternoon and will likely officially sign with the Twins by the end of the week.
Leach’s decision to head to the pros is far from surprising. He had draft potential when he committed to Texas, and he immensely improved his stock since then. He has excellent size and a fastball that now can hit the mid 90s.
In my November write-up of Leach, I had this to say about the Toronto Mets athlete:
Like many Pierce commits, Leach already has a college-ready frame at only 17 years old. The Pickering, Ontario native stands at 6’4, 214 pounds on the mound, using that size to unleash a 93 mile per hour fastball, in the 99th percentile for his class.
Thirteen of the fifteen Longhorn players and signees who were drafted have now decided to go pro. David Pierce is still awaiting the decisions of signee Tristen Lutz, who was taken 34th overall by the Brewers, and JUCO commit Donny Diaz, who was picked by the Red Sox in the 23rd round.
Though it was Lutz’ dream to play in burnt orange, he will almost certainly depart for the pros. Diaz is a much more difficult call, as he could improve his draft stock by coming to Austin.