Sandy Leon still considered the favorite to start Opening Day

by Shane Davies | Red Sox Correspondent | Mon, Mar 20th 10:44am EDT

Sandy Leon is still considered to be the favorite to start behind the plate when Opening Day rolls around in early April. Despite a shaky spring offensively, Leon's rapport with ace Rick Porcello was undeniable last season, which is expected to factor heavily into the decision.

Fantasy Impact:

Leon is batting just 2-for-14 (.143) with no extra base hits and no RBI's in spring training thus far. Not exactly ideal. But Red Sox manager John Farrell has repeatedly put an emphasis on the importance of defense, which Leon excelled at last season. Offensively, Leon really struggled to end 2016. He went 4-for-44 (.091) to end the regular season after finishing play in early September with a .356 batting average. Until Leon shows considerable improvement with his bat in spring training, he should not be owned in most leagues.

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