- Leonardo Molina
- Dominican Republic
- 2013 IFA
- Free Agent
- Signing Date
- Rule 5 Year
- Free Agent Yr
- MLB 40-Man
- July 31, 1997
The New York Yankees signed outfielder Leonardo Molina as part of their 2013 international signing class for a $1.4 million bonus. At the time of his signing, Molina was only 16 years old.
He was part of the same international signing class as Yonauris Rodriguez.
The Yankees sent Molina to the Gulf Coast League Yankees 1 club to start his career. He struggled to a .192/.266/.259 slash line in 53 games. He picked up 10 doubles and smacked one home run while driving in 21 runs. He stole six bases out of seven attempts. He played center field exclusively.
Molina would return to the Gulf Coast League Yankees 1 team where he fared better in 48 games. He slashed to a .247/.290/.364 clip while collecting nine doubles, two triples and two home runs with 17 runs batted in. He stole six bases but was also caught five times. Molina spent time playing all three outfield spots.
The Yankees decided to move Molina up to the Class A Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League to start the year. He struggled to a .198/.250/.302 slash line smacking five doubles, one triple, and two home runs in 36 games.
The Yankees decided to send him down to the Rookie-level Pulaski Yankees on June 23 where he appeared in 49 games and fared better. He posted a .246/.318/.440 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and seven home runs. He drove in 23 runs stole four bases in seven attempts.
Between his time in Charleston and Pulaski, Molina spent time playing all three outfield positions.
Molina’s improvement in Pulaski led to him earning a promotion back to Charleston to start the season. He struggled once again slashing .186/.202/.244 in 23 games. He had three doubles and one triple and found himself sent down to the Class A short-season Staten Island Yankees.
While with Staten Island, Molina put up a slash line of .238/.297/.307 with five doubles and one triple in 28 games. Once again, he spent time playing all three outfield positions between Charleston and Staten Island. A leg injury forced him to miss the end the season with his final game being played on August 2.