Leyba could miss up to two months with a right shoulder injury, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.
He suffered a small tear in his anterior capsule while diving for a ball, but the tear will not require surgery. In perhaps the weakest farm system in baseball, Leyba is a notable prospect, as he will likely reach the majors and has an outside chance of sticking in the middle infield, with a more likely role as a reserve infielder. However, he won't offer much value with his bat, so he is not worth monitoring in the majority of dynasty leagues. Look for him to open the year at Double-A when he gets healthy.
Leyba was optioned to Double-A Jackson on Friday.
Leyba is one of Arizona's top five prospects, but at just 21 years old, he's not quite ready for the Show just yet. He has only 44 games under his belt above the Class A level, but Leyba posted a sharp .810 OPS in his first crack at Double-A. That's an impressive line against advanced pitching for anybody, but especially a 21-year-old. Leyba looks like the shortstop of the future in Arizona, even if he might still be a couple years away.
Leyba was added to Arizona's 40-man roster on Friday.
The move protects Leyba from being taken in the Rule 5 draft, which was likely required after a season in which Leyba hit .296/.355/.429 between high-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. Leyba's numbers actually improved after he was promoted to Mobile, so he could see some time in the majors if he shows the same progression in 2017.
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