Happy to be in Arizona
Hello, my name is Leonard Davis and I play in the Washington Nationals organization. To give you all a little background on how I got here, I was drafted in the 8th round in 2004 by the Montreal Expos. My first experience in professional baseball started in the Gulf Coast League down in Florida. I had never been there before and adjusting to the conditions was not easy to say the least. It would rain off and on and you never knew whether or not you would be playing that day. We also experienced the remnants of a hurricane which caused tons of damage not only to our facility, but the entire league.
After the GCL, I played in the New York Penn league where I had my first .300 season in professional baseball. My host family was amazing and very supportive throughout my time there. In 2006, I experienced my first injury as a professional when I suffered a pulled quad and an AC joint separation in my left shoulder. It limited my time on the field that season but I was able to rebound in 2007 where I started out in the South Atlantic League and ended up getting a promotion to the Carolina League after 4 months into the season.
This season, I started off in extended spring due to a wrist injury and was forced to rehab. Three weeks later I went back to the Carolina League where I hit .330 with 14 home runs and earned a promotion to Harrisburg of the Eastern League. After 10 games there, I earned another promotion after hitting nearly .500 and was sent to Columbus of the International League, where I finished the season.
When I received the call informing me that I was going to Arizona, I couldn’t have been happier. Starting off the season rehabbing and making my way through three different levels in one year was very satisfying. The level of competition here is exactly what I was told it would be…challenging. I’m still getting to know my teammates and so far it has been a great experience.
Tomorrow we have the Peoria Javelinas and I look forward to another hard fought battle. That’s it for now. See you again next week.