Last week, Leslie Anderson, the Rays prospect that defected from Cuba, won the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game with a walk-off home run.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball now offers his thoughts on Leslie Anderson, a player some think could be the Rays first baseman in 2011…

Cuban defector seems to excite some people with his tools, and he did hit .302/.359/.442 this year at three levels, including .328/.359/.418 in Triple-A. I think he can hit for some average but at age 29 entering 2011, his upside is limited unless his power spikes more than I expect.

We expect to see Anderson at some point next season, but we would be surprised if he started the year as the Rays starting first baseman. If he were that close, the Rays would have given him a look last September when the rosters were expanded.



  1. Don says:

    WHo cares about power...If he hits 20 hr. and hits .250 he would be a big improvement over what we have now!!
    But he still wouldn't be better than Zobrist and DJ mixture!

  2. Gus says:

    This cat can't be abalyzed like some US prospect. He came from Cuba where things are really tough. He'll have some real adjustments. Not sure if he'll prove out, but this is the kind of chance that is worth the risk. We haven't seen much in the way of great Cuban batters, but he could be something. Just wish he wasn't lefty.


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