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School: Florida State; Class: Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-4; Weight: 205 pounds
Previously Drafted: Tampa Bay Rays, 48th round, 2014
Background: Leibrandt, whose father Charlie pitched in the big leagues for 14 seasons, has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments through three seasons of his collegiate career, chief among them various Freshman All-American First Teams and a Preseason All-American Third Team heading into 2014.The 6-foot-4 southpaw has missed the majority of the season thanks to a freak accident during a game of catch — an errant throw struck Leibrandt’s lower left knee and caused a severe bone/shin contusion.
Leibrandt, a two-year member of the Seminoles’ weekend rotation heading into the season, was nothing short of dominant during his brief action. In six starts (39.1 innings), he posted a 1.83 ERA while striking out 30 and walking just nine.
Projection: Unsurprisingly, Leibrandt falls into the same category as his father – a soft-tossing lanky left-hander who relies more on pitchability than pure stuff. The Florida State hurler won’t miss a whole lot of bats and his control still has a little bit of fine-tuning needed, but he could be a serviceable backend starting pitcher.
And given his relative size – 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds – it would be surprising to see him add a few ticks onto his fastball in the next year or two as his frame fills out.
Ceiling: 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level – to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low
Draft Projection: Sixth Round
Photo Courtesy of Mark Crammer via orangeandwhite.com.