Results tagged ‘ Leonard Davis ’

Getting back into the swing of things

TO ALL READERS,  
    
I JUST GOT BACK TO ARIZONA AFTER GOING HOME TO A FUNERAL. I WENT HOME ON OCTOBER 26TH AND JUST GOT BACK ON THE 2ND. WHEN I GOT BACK, I WASN’T SURE HOW I WAS GOING TO GET INTO THE SWING OF THINGS SINCE I MISSED A WEEK OF BASEBALL.

THE MONDAY I GOT TO THE FIELD, I WENT TO SEE THE MANAGER AND LET HIM KNOW THAT I WAS BACK AND READY TO GO. I DIDN’T PLAY THAT DAY, BUT I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO GET BACK OUT THERE WITH THE TEAM.
 
MY FIRST GAME BACK AFTER THE WEEK I SPENT AT HOME, WE WERE IN A RACE FOR FIRST PLACE WITH MESA. BOTH TEAMS WERE TIED WITH THE SAME RECORD OF 16-7. THE WINNER WOULD BE IN FIRST PLACE ALONE. WE WON THAT GAME, BUT NOT WITHOUT MESA GOING OUT WITH A FIGHT. WE WERE WINNING 12-2 IN THE 6TH INNING
AND MESA RALLIED BACK TO TIE THE GAME. WE ENDED UP WINNING THAT GAME IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH WITH A WALK-OFF DOUBLE BY DAN MURPHY.
 
MY FIRST AT-BATS BACK FROM THE WEEK OFF WENT PRETTY WELL. MY FIRST AT-BAT, I DREW A WALK, BUT I DIDNT FEEL COMFORTABLE AT THE PLATE. MY SECOND AT-BAT I GOT A GOOD PITCH TO HIT AND I LINED OUT TO THE CENTER FIELDER. AFTER THAT APPROACH, I GAINED SOME CONFINDENCE BACK IN MYSELF. MY THIRD AT-BAT I GOT A BASE HIT THAT DROPPED IN FRONT OF THE CENTER FIELDER.

IT’S WEIRD HOW BASEBALL WORKS: YOU HIT A BALL AS HARD AS YOU CAN HIT IT AND IT GETS CAUGHT AND THEN YOU HIT A BALL OFF THE END
OR GET JAMMED AND YOU GET A HIT. ANYWAY…

MY LAST AT-BAT OF THE GAME I HIT A SINGLE AT THE FIRST BASEMAN. HE ALMOST MADE A VERY GOOD PLAY ON IT, BUT HE COULDN’T HANG ON TO IT. WHEN I GOT TO FIRST BASE, I MADE A JOKE BY THANKING HIM FOR MISSING IT. MY DAY FINISHED WITH ME 2-FOR-4 WITH A RUN SCORED.
 
RESPONDING TO THE COMMENTS
 
I WAS ASKED WHAT MY PLANS WERE FOR THIS OFFSEASON. AFTER I LEAVE THE ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE, I PLAN ON GOING HOME AND RESTING UP FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND THEN GETTING INTO WORKING OUT AGAIN. I DON’T WANT TO FALL BEHIND AND GET TOO FAR OUT OF SHAPE WHERE YOU GOT TO WORK YOUR BODY OVERTIME.
 
I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE COMMENTS THAT I’VE BEEN GETTING. IF THERE’S ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ASK FEEL FREE TO ASK AND I’LL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS I CAN.
 
THANKS FOR READING…
 
 
LEONARD

Back to basics at the plate

Hello to all readers,
 
As you know the Peoria Saguaros haven’t been playing the best baseball right now. At the beginning, we had everything going for us. The pitching and the hitting was coming together very well. What happened, I’m not sure, but baseball is baseball. You can’t win them all, the worst team can beat the best team any giving day in baseball. It’s about how you’re going to come back from it. We have a great group of guys out here giving it their all and that’s all you can ask for.
 
As for me, well, it’s still early in the season. My goal is not to get too far behind because it’s a really short season and you don’t want to play catch up towards the end. I’m feeling really good at the plate right now. These last couple of days, I’ve been in the cage working with the hitting instructors about getting ready a little sooner
and widening my base out for better position and balance. Before, I had a more narrow base and my front side was quick to move. So I’m taking it back to the basics and I’m having very good at-bats.
 
 
If there are any questions or comments just go ahead, leave them, and I’ll try my best to answer them for you.
 
Thank you
Leonard

The Sags give it their all

Hello, this week I’m back with a few things I’d like to say about my team, the Peoria Saguaros.
Well, the Peoria Saguaros are combined with five different Major League organizations: the Cardinals, Padres, Mets, White Sox, and of course the Nationals…

Everyone that puts on their Peoria Saguaros uniform plays hard and never gives up – they give 100% every time they take the field. Playing in the Fall League is an experience everyone here needs.  It gives players a chance to showcase what they have against some of the best hitting and pitching that minor league baseball has to offer.
 
It really is and honor coming out here everyday and getting a chance to play with guys that have such great talent. Throughout its history, there have been a lot of great players to come through the Fall League and make a great impact in the Major Leagues.  Players such as Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, David Wright, Jimmy Rollins and the list continues… So being part of this is just a blessing for everyone fortunate enough to be here.
 
If there are any questions you want to ask, leave a comment and Ill be sure to respond back to you. Thanks for the words of encouragement so far and  thanks for taking the time to read my blog.

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.

Leonard