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No. 1 International MLB Prospect, SS Leodalis De Vries, Records First Hit

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 25th, 2024 3:30pm EDT

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The No. 1 international Major League Baseball prospect from MLBpipeline.com, San Diego Padres shortstop 17-year-old Leodalis De Vries recorded his first professional hit with Low-A Lake Elsinore on April 24 against the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on the road at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif off of starting pitcher Gabe Emmett in the top of the first inning as he ripped a single to right field in the third at-bat of the game.



De Vries also ripped a line drive double to right field in his second at-bat but was thrown out at third base by Rancho Cucamonga’s second baseman, Juan Alonso.

The (11-4) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes beat the (8-7) Lake Elsinore Storm 10-8 on April 24. The Rancho Cucamonga is in first place in the California League South Division, and the Lake Elsinore Storm is in second place, three games back in the CLSD.

The top international prospect at 6 ‘2 and 183 pounds was born in Azua, Dominican Republic, and signed with San Diego for a $4.2 million contract on January 15 to a minor league contract during the international signing period and was assigned to the Dominican Summer League complex Level on the same day.

He attended minor league camp in Peoria, Ariz., for San Diego to play in the inaugural prospect showcase.

According to his MiLB profile, De Vries played in three games in spring training during the inaugural prospect showcase. In four at-bats, he batted .250, recorded one hit, and struck out twice.

On March 23, he went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored in a 13-10 win over the Mariners’ prospects.

De Vries was one of the five Padres starters to play all nine innings in the inaugural prospect showcase. He was assigned to Low-A Lake Elsinore on April 23.

The switch-hitter made his professional debut on April 23 against Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on the road and went 0-for-4.

De Vries made his first start at shortstop on April 23 and played eight innings with five chances, two putouts, and three assists.

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes play their final game of their three-game series on the road against the Lake Elsinore Storm on April 25 at 9:30 p.m. EST at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The game will be streamed on MiLB.com with a paid subscription service. MLB.tv will also include all televised minor league games for the 2024 regular season on its website with a paid subscription.