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Astros Prospect Pedro León Faces Live Pitching in Minor League Spring Training

Hooks' Pedro Leon hits a home run, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Whataburger Field. This is Leon's sixth home run of the season.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times

After his second season in Minor League Baseball, the path to a Major League opportunity for Pedro León derailed due to an offseason surgery. The Houston Astros expected León in Major League camp this spring, but the top prospect underwent sports hernia surgery in January, following a stint in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

The No. 4 prospect, according to Astros Future, ran the bases a few weeks ago, after others spotted him throwing on the backfields in West Palm Beach, Florida. But the latest development in León’s recovery was him in the box against live pitching. León faced High-A left-handed pitcher Brayan De Paula on Monday.

Due to a delayed start to spring training, León wasn’t invited to Major League spring training. The non-roster prospect received an invite to Major League camp for 2022, following an early arrival to minor-league mini camp.

León played all of the 2022 season with Triple-A Sugar Land. The outfielder slashed .228/.365/.431 with 27 doubles and 17 home runs in 504 trips to the plate. Although showing an improved offense, the righty still battled strikeout issues, fanning about 29% of the time.

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