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Cubs Arizona Fall League player profile: Erick Leal

Leal has been in the system for a while. Now, he’s breaking through.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Though the big-league Cubs season has ended, there’s still Cubs-related baseball this year. Eight Cubs prospects will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. AFL games begin Tuesday, and Tim will be presenting profiles of all the Cubs players on the Solar Sox before game action begins.

Have you ever had one of those odd moments where you run into a person in a spot that seems entirely odd? For instance, you’re visiting China, and you see a neighbor from three doors down while visiting the Great Wall. “Odd meeting you here.” Today’s piece on Erick Leal has a bit of that.

Designated for Assignment trades can be the coolest. In February 2013, the Cubs were pushed into designating Tony Campana. Much to the surprise of some, Campana had more value than “claimed on waivers.” The Cubs received two players for Campana. One of the was pitcher Jesus Castillo, who the Cubs sent to the Angels in the Joe Smith trade in 2016.

The other was Leal. A 6-3 right-handed pitcher from Valencia, Venezuela, Leal has tended …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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