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Goldeyes sign former Nationals minor league standout

Team Release

2/20/2013 11:35:36 AM

The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed infielder/outfielder Leonard Davis to a contract for the 2013 season on Wednesday.

Davis, 29, returns to professional baseball after not playing in 2012 for personal reasons. In 2011, he split the season between the New Jersey Jackals of the CanAm League and Double-AA Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League in the Washington Nationals system. He hit .317 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 52 games with the Jackals and .229 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 36 games with the Senators.

"He fits the criteria that we look for with the Goldeyes in terms of having some players with some flexibility and versatility in being able to play multiple positions," Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said of Davis, who has played second base, third base and all three outfield positions during his career.

"He's also a guy that has the ability to be an impact bat in the middle of your line up. He's not too far removed from some pretty big years where he was producing a lot of doubles and a lot of home runs. We're hoping he can come in and drive some big important runs in for us."

Davis was an eighth round pick of the Montreal Expos in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft and made a huge impact in the team's minor league system after the club moved to Washington in 2005. A product of Hanford, Calif., Davis was the Nationals' Minor League Player of the Year in 2008 after combining for a .308 average, 25 home runs and 76 RBI in 122 games at Advanced-A, Double-A and Triple-A. His numbers in Double-A were especially impressive, batting .448 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games. Of his eight years in the Nationals system, Davis played parts of three seasons at Triple-A.

The Goldeyes now have nine players signed for the 2013 season, including six pitchers and three position players.