Miguel De Leon bio
Player: Miguel Angel De León
Position: 3B, 1B
Jersey Number: 5
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height, Weight: 6-3, 210
Best Baseball Memory: My first professional home run.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: My third year in the Dominican Summer League when I batted .290.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Miguel Cabrera.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My mother, because she’s always with me in body and mind, and she’s always there to help me.
Favorite Food: Rice, beans, chicken.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Apple, ham-and-cheese sandwich, orange juice.
Off-field hobbies: Go to the mall, watch TV, listen to music.
Favorite Movie: “Fast and the Furious.”
Miguel De León, like most ballplayers in the Dominican Republic, started playing baseball with he was a little kid, and at the age of 16 realized he could have a future in the game.
He signed in 2008, playing three years in the Dominican Summer League before being promoted to Casper last season.
He impressed manager Tony Diaz in the Grand Junction Rockies’ exhibition game, going 2 for 4 with a double and a home run, especially hitting the ball to the opposite field with runners on base.
“In my opinion he had a great game based on the approach he took and the swings he put on the baseball,” Diaz said of the big third baseman, who can also play first base.
“He hit the ball to right field (with a runner on base), he’s trying to get the runner over, and that’s what we’re looking for. The approach was there, and the execution was there.”
De León showed right away he was comfortable at Suplizio Field, even more so than last year at Casper, where he hit .317 (13 for 41) with one home run and four RBI.
“This is good,” he said. “I like this stadium.”
He’s still learning English and started working with an English instructor last year in the Dominican. It’s coming along — he understands English and is getting more comfortable speaking a second language.
On the field, he’s working to improve at the plate and in the field.
“I’m working hard every day,” he said through teammate Alving Mejias as his interpreter. “I want to try to help the team win games and make every day better.”