Mets Bring Back Former Draft Pick Byrd on Minors Deal

By Jacob Resnick

March 14, 2017 2 Comments

Leon Byrd

The New York Mets have added another player to the organization on a minor league deal, this time inking infielder Leon Byrd, according to Baseball America. The signing comes after the team reached agreements with RHP Donovan Hand and 2B Danny Hoy last week.

Byrd, 23, joins the Mets after they failed to sign him in 2012, following his 25th round selection from Cypress Ranch HS in Texas. Byrd went on to Rice University, where he played three years for the Owls. In 161 collegiate games, he hit .259 with 72 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. In his final season at Rice, Byrd delivered a go-ahead double to defeat Houston in the 20th inning of the Baton Rouge Regional Final in the NCAA tournament.

The Texas Rangers selected Byrd with their tenth round draft pick in 2015, but, after hitting .203 in his professional debut, was released the following spring. Byrd then latched on with the Los Angeles Angels, but was cut last June before playing a game in their system. Byrd joined the independent Texas AirHogs for 54 games to end the 2016 season.

As a diminutive infielder, Byrd won’t showcase any power, but he should be scrappy enough to find his way onto Brooklyn or Columbia’s roster to begin the 2017 season.

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  • LongTimeFan1

    Jacob – never say never about any prospect. Expand your thinking, not contract.

    Human beings can be rather unpredictable.

    Don’t assume you have it all figured out based on some arbitrary standard.

    In this case, diminutive players.

    Diminutive players can and do hit for power.

    And there are plenty big players who don’t.

    Power is generated through bat speed, pitch selection, good mechanics, back spin – not just size.

    Take some time to study major league history and think about current players who prove you wrong.

    Leon Byrd is 5″8, 185.

    Joe Morgan 5’7″ 160.

    Jose Altuve 5’6″ 165.

    Dustin Pedroia – 5’9″ 175.

    Kirby Puckett – 5’8* 175

  • Michael Mayer

    He had 2 home runs in 3 seasons in college, that was what Jacob was getting at.