LEAL, CARLOS

Position: Catcher

DOB: July 13, 1991

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 180

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (34th round, 2014)

Profile:  A college catcher at Delta State University, the Brewers selected Leal in the 34th round in 2014 and opted to try him on the mound.  They sent him to Maryvale to work in the Arizona League, but after six relief appearances there, he requested to move back behind the plate and the Brewers obliged.  They sent him to Class-A Wisconsin in 2015, where he put together a terrific season with the Timber Rattlers, but a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery knocked him out for all of the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  A much better hitter than advertised coming out of college, Leal made a lot of loud contact prior to his injury, showing occasional pop as well.  He had a strong arm behind the plate, but the Brewers will have to wait and see if he gets all of his strength back after his surgery.

2014:  After signing his contract with Milwaukee, Leal was assigned to the AZL Brewers, where he attempted to make the conversion from catcher to pitcher.  He made six relief appearances there, but gave up six runs in 6.1 innings of work, posting an ERA of 8.53.

2015:  Leal convinced the Brewers to let him move back behind the plate as he moved up to Class-A Wisconsin in 2015.  The move proved to be a good one, as he saw action in 76 games with the Timber Rattlers, batting .309 with 15 doubles, two triples and two home runs, earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team.

2016:  The Brewers had high hopes for Leal heading into 2016 as he prepared to move up to High-A Brevard County, but a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery, wound up knocking him out of action for the entire season.

2017:  Still not fully recovered from his 2016 shoulder surgery, Leal stayed behind in Maryvale and continued to rehab at Milwaukee’s complex in Arizona, but unfortunately he did not progress enough to see any game action in 2017 either.