Leon Renard Landry, Jr.
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5, 11", Weight 185 lb.
- School Louisiana State University
- High School Baker High School
Leon Landry is a minor league outfielder.
Born in Louisiana and of Cajun background, he hit .415 with 10 home runs as a high school sophomore, .440 as a junior and .452 with 8 home runs as a senior. He also played football and basketball (team captain as a senior shooting guard) in high school. He was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round in 2007, but did not sign. He next attended Louisiana State University, hitting .271/.308/.435 as a freshman. He was second in the Southeastern Conference with 5 triples, 2 behind leader Ryan Schimpf. In the Super Regional for the 2008 College World Series, he made two catches in center that won him the ESPN Play of the Day.
As a sophomore, he hit .310/.379/.571 with 12 home runs. LSU won the 2009 College World Series. That fall, he batted .364/.385/.465 for the Harwich Mariners in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Had he qualified, he would have been second in the league in average. Baseball America rated him as the league's 14th-best prospect. As a college junior, he posted a .338/.418/.513 line with 55 runs, 6 triples and 16 steals (in 20 tries) in 63 games. He also fielded .993, with only one outfield error. He was again second in the SEC in triples, this time one behind Zach Cone. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the first position player LA took that year and the third member of his LSU team to be picked, following first-rounder Anthony Ranaudo and fellow third-rounder Micah Gibbs. Matt Paul was the scout.
Of smallish size, Landry began his professional career with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League in 2010, hitting .349/.399/.510 with 20 doubles and scoring 46 runs in 57 games while playing centerfield. He fielded .990, the best mark among league outfielders. He was also among the Pioneer League leaders in average (5th), hits (87, tied for 7th with Adam Eaton), doubles (tied for third with three others, trailing Jake Lemmerman and Corey Dickerson) and slugging (tied for 6th with Rafael Ortega). He won Honorable Mention for the league All-Star team as the starting outfield slots went to Eaton, Dickerson and Ortega. Baseball America listed him as the league's 4th-best prospect, trailing only Billy Hamilton, Albert Campos and Daniel Tillman.
Promoted to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League in 2011, he found things a bit harder, seeing his batting average fall over 100 points to .250 in 125 games, with a .307 OBP and .360 slugging for a dropoff of 242 OPS points. He did steal 28 bases (caught 12 times) and hit 21 doubles and 11 triples while scoring 59 runs. He tied Cody Rogers for the MWL lead in triples and was second among Dodgers farmhands (behind Alfredo Silverio). Baseball America said he was the Dodgers' #11 prospect but did not put him in the top 20 for the Midwest League.
In 2012, he was with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League, where he hit .326/.358/.559 with 26 doubles, 15 triples and 8 homers in 80 games a much more favorable hitting environment. On July 30th, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Logan Bawcom in return for big league pitcher Brandon League. He remained in the Mariners system until 2016, joining the Cincinnati Reds organization for 2017.