#19 Landon Leach
Landon Leach was chosen by the Twins in the 2nd round of this year’s Amateur Draft. That position also made the Pickering High School product the first Canadien drafted in 2017. Leach is another 18-year-old, right-handed pitcher to make the list.
Leach is yet to see any pro baseball experience, but his already 6′ 4″, 220-lb frame has many intrigued by his athleticism. The right handed starter throws a 92-94 mph fastball with sink as well as a curveball and changeup. The Twins saw enough in Leach to draft him and lure him away from his commitment to Texas.
From MLB Pipeline’s draft write up on Leach:
"Canada has produced some very good Draft talent on the mound, with first-rounders Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis in 2002 and, more recently, Mike Soroka in 2015. As a big right-hander like Soroka, Leach gets compared to him frequently and while he’s not quite as advanced as his predecessor, there is still a lot to like about him. … Leach’s room to add strength combined with coming from a colder climate add up to a good amount of projection. He’s not likely to join his brethren in the first round, but he has opened up enough eyes to potentially be taken in the top three."
Interestingly, Leach recently played catcher but decided to make the switch to pitcher. Even with the short time as a full-time pitcher, there was enough talent and ability to move the Twins to take him 37th overall. And we have heard enough to make him #19 on our list.