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Domingo Leyba
2B | B/T: S/R | 5' 11" 160LBS | Age: 24

MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 30 25 6 7 0 5 0 .280 .367 .440 .807
1 Season 30 25 6 7 0 5 0 .280 .367 .440 .807
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .280 0 5 0 .807
1 Season .280 0 5 0 .807

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 ARI NL 21 30 25 6 7 2 1 0 5 4 9 0 0 0 .280 .367 .440 .807
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 ARI NL 30 11 6 0 1 .412 3 0 3 124 4.133 .300 .000 .444 .160 .160 0

Scouting Report

2020

Acquired as part of the three-team trade in December 2014 that sent him and Robbie Ray from Detroit to Arizona and made Didi Gregorius a Yankee, Leyba's stock was on the rise two years later when he hit .301 as a 20-year-old in Double-A as part of a breakout campaign that earned him a spot on the D-backs' 40-man roster. His development was stalled in 2017 as shoulder surgery cost him all but 23 games. He made a healthy return to Double-A last spring and ultimately garnered honors as the Southern League Championship Series MVP while leading Jackson to a title. He built upon that progress at Triple-A Reno in 2019, setting career highs with 19 homers and 37 doubles, and he performed well in limited action with Arizona after making his big league debut in June.

Leyba has plus bat-to-ball skills which enable him to make a lot of quality contact from both sides of the plate. His natural hitting ability has improved along with his plate discipline, and he's shown more of a willingness to take walks while striking out less. Leyba has gotten stronger and started to tap into his raw power more consistently, albeit mostly from the left side of the plate. An above-average defensive infielder, Leyba likely fits best as a second baseman in the big leagues but also is a solid shortstop who can fill in at the hot corner if needed.

Leyba has all the ingredients need to become valuable utility player, perhaps even a second-division regular at the keystone if he can hit for the type of power he showed in 2019.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 40

Acquired as part of the three-team trade in the Dec. 2014 that sent him and Robbie Ray from Detroit to Arizona and made Didi Gregorius a Yankee, Leyba's stock was on the rise two years later when he hit .301 as a 20-year-old in Double-A as part of a breakout campaign that earned him a spot on the D-backs' 40-man roster. His development was stalled in 2017 as shoulder surgery cost him all but 23 games. He made a healthy return to Double-A last spring and ultimately garnered honors as the Southern League Championship Series MVP while leading Jackson to a title. He built upon that progress at Triple-A Reno in 2019 and made his big league debut in June. 

Leyba has plus bat-to-ball skills which enable him to make a lot of quality contact from both sides of the plate. His natural hitting ability has improved along with his plate discipline, and he's shown more of a willingness to take walks while striking out less. He may never be a huge power guy, but the improved approach has Leyba starting to tap into his raw power, albeit mostly from the left side. While he's played mostly shortstop, he's shown he can more than handle second base.

Leyba looks like he'll be a solid utility player, possibly even soon, with second-division regular potential if he can tap into more power.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Leyba originially joined the D-backs back in Dec. 14 as part of the three-team trade that sent him and Robbie Ray from Detroit to Arizona and made Didi Gregorius a Yankee. His hopes on following up on a solid 2016 season that saw him reach Double-A for the first time were dashed by a shoulder injury that required surgery, keeping him off the field for all but 23 games in 2017.

Leyba is once again healthy and ready to start working his way up to Arizona. The switch-hitter has a really strong contact-first approach and has greatly improved his plate discipline and willingness to take walks. He may never be a huge power guy, though that tool is often the last to come, but with his new selectivity, he started tapping into his raw power for more extra-base authority and could be a double-digit home run guy in the big leagues. While he's played mostly shortstop, he's shown he can more than handle second base.

Leyba eventually should settle in to being a solid utility player, though if more power comes, seeing him at second every day shouldn't be too surprising. For now, though, he'll focus on staying healthy and putting the shoulder issue in his rearview mirror.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Sometimes repeating a level can do wonders for a prospect's career. Case in point is Leyba, who had to go back to the California League after scuffling there in 2015. The former Tigers farmhand, who came to the D-backs in the three-team trade that sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, hit his way out of the level in 2016 and kept on performing well in Double-A, all at the age of 20. However, his progress was slowed in 2017 by a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for a couple of months.

Leyba excels with an innate ability to find the barrel of the bat, especially from the left side of the plate. He's a free swinger with tremendous hand-eye coordination, but one of the keys to his step forward last season was improved plate discipline and a better walk rate. That allowed him to increase his extra-base output, and he could eventually be a 10-12 home run kind of hitter. Leyba has played more shortstop than anywhere else since joining the organization and can make all the plays there. He's also shown the ability to play a more-than-capable second base.

Leyba raised the bar a bit following his first full season in the organization but didn't get to replicate it because of injury in 2017. He still has the potential to be an everyday shortstop, but he could also move around to create more opportunities to get his bat into the lineup once he's ready for the big leagues.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Leyba joined the D-backs organization in December 2014, coming from the Tigers with Robbie Ray in the three-team deal that sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees. Arizona challenged the infielder by sending him to the Class A Advanced California League at age 19, and the organization also moved him to shortstop full time. He continued to see most of his time at shortstop in 2016, though he played some second base as well.

Defensively, Leyba proved to be a pleasant surprise at short after having split time between both middle-infield positions previously. Though he looks more like someone who would thrive at second base, he made all the plays at shortstop with excellent hands, good range and a solid, accurate arm. Offensively, Leyba has had his ups and downs, though he performed better in 2016 and earned a promotion to Double-A in the process. He has terrific hand-eye coordination and consistently puts the ball in play. That hurt Leyba at times and the D-backs are working with him to tone down his aggressiveness at the plate some.

Given that Leyba has been 20 for the 2016 season, he's still way ahead of the curve. Initially thought to be a nice little piece to the trade, he could emerge as a legitimate big league regular middle infielder in the future.


2015

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Robbie Ray may have been the better-known name coming to the D-backs in the three-team trade that made Didi Gregorius a Yankee, but many think Leyba has the chance to have a bigger impact in the big leagues.

Leyba can flat-out hit, showing an advanced approach at the plate, especially for someone so young. He followed up winning a Dominican Summer League title in 2013 with a successful United States debut in 2014, though his offensive numbers suffered with an aggressive push to the California League in 2015. He can control the strike zone well and doesn't strike out much. As he adds strength, there should be more extra-base pop as well. An average runner, he's probably better suited to play second base, though he played shortstop exclusively in 2015, showing good hands and instincts there.

Leyba was a teenager for all of the 2015 Minor League season. Having already hit full-season ball, he's way ahead of the developmental curve.


2014

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Signed for $400,000 by the Tigers out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, Leyba made quite an impression in his professional debut the following summer as he led the Dominican Summer League in batting average (,348) and OPS (1.023). He continued his success as he made his American debut in 2014, reaching Class A West Michigan as an 18-year-old. After the season, the D-backs acquired him in the three-team trade that sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees.

Leyba has an advanced approach for such a young player, showing deft control of the strike zone and the ability to hit line drives all over the field. As a bonus, he's a switch-hitter, and he has the potential to produce double-figure home run power once he adds strength.

An average runner, Leyba fits best at second base but has also played shortstop in the Minor Leagues. He has good defensive instincts and reliable hands to go with average arm strength and range.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 124 17 0 0.0 85.0 21.4 47.1 .235 .302 .340 .290 .350 23.5 30.0 13.3
ALL 124 17 0 0.0 85.0 21.4 47.1 .235 .302 .340 .290 .350 23.5 30.0 13.3
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 33.1 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/07/2020 Arizona Diamondbacks placed 2B Domingo Leyba on the restricted list.
10/12/2019 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Estrellas Orientales.
09/06/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled 2B Domingo Leyba from Reno Aces.
07/19/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned 2B Domingo Leyba to Reno Aces.
07/05/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Domingo Leyba from Reno Aces.
06/26/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned 2B Domingo Leyba to Reno Aces.
06/22/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Domingo Leyba from Reno Aces.
03/12/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned 2B Domingo Leyba to Reno Aces.
11/20/2018 Estrellas Orientales placed SS Domingo Leyba on the reserve list.
10/13/2018 SS Domingo Leyba assigned to Estrellas Orientales.
10/02/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Domingo Leyba from Jackson Generals.
05/19/2018 Jackson Generals activated 2B Domingo Leyba from the 7-day disabled list.
04/15/2018 SS Domingo Leyba assigned to Jackson Generals.
04/04/2018 Jackson Generals placed SS Domingo Leyba on the 7-day disabled list.
03/06/2018 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned SS Domingo Leyba to Jackson Generals.
10/10/2017 Domingo Leyba roster status changed by Arizona Diamondbacks.
10/04/2017 Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned SS Domingo Leyba to the minor leagues.
10/02/2017 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled SS Domingo Leyba from Jackson Generals.
07/18/2017 Jackson Generals placed SS Domingo Leyba on the 7-day disabled list.
07/08/2017 Jackson Generals activated SS Domingo Leyba from the 7-day disabled list.
07/01/2017 Jackson Generals placed SS Domingo Leyba on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 30, 2017.
06/22/2017 Jackson Generals activated SS Domingo Leyba.
06/13/2017 Jackson Generals sent SS Domingo Leyba on a rehab assignment to Hillsboro Hops.
04/06/2017 Domingo Leyba roster status changed by Jackson Generals.
03/17/2017 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned SS Domingo Leyba to Jackson Generals.
11/18/2016 Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of Domingo Leyba from Jackson Generals.
07/16/2016 Domingo Leyba assigned to Mobile BayBears from Visalia Rawhide.
03/01/2016 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
04/06/2015 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Kane County Cougars.
03/08/2015 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
12/05/2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Traded SS Didi Gregorius to New York Yankees; Detroit Tigers Traded 2B Domingo Leyba and LHP Robbie Ray to Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees Traded RHP Shane Greene to Detroit Tigers.
12/05/2014 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Kane County Cougars.
09/10/2014 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Glendale Desert Dogs.
08/01/2014 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to West Michigan Whitecaps from Connecticut Tigers.
06/12/2014 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to Connecticut Tigers from GCL Tigers.
05/30/2014 2B Domingo Leyba assigned to GCL Tigers from DSL Tigers.
07/22/2013 Domingo Leyba assigned to DSL Braves.
07/22/2013 Domingo Leyba assigned to DSL Tigers.
07/22/2013 Domingo Leyba assigned to DSL Tigers from DSL Braves.
07/02/2012 Detroit Tigers signed free agent 2B Domingo Leyba to a minor league contract.