Small school star had stellar first half


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Drew Leachman has been a dependable hitter for the Snappers.

• Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of profiles by Beloit Snappers Director of Media & Community Relations Chrissy Scaffidi on members of the 2012 Beloit Snappers.

Drew Leachman joined the Beloit Snappers late, but he certainly has made his presence known, whether it’s playing first base, left or right field.

Leachman, who went 2-for-4 in Monday night’s 4-2 victory at Kane County, has a .288 batting average in 46 games. He has three home runs and 22 runs batted in. His on-base percentage is .357 and his slugging percent .401.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Leachman attended Birmingham Southern College, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Finance.

In his final collegiate season before being drafted by them Minnesota Twins, Leachman hit a conference-best .451 and helped the BSC Panthers to a 30-9 overall record in 2011. He also ranked in the top 10 in the league in nine offensive categories, while ranking second in the nation in runs and hits. 

Leachman was named first team American Baseball Coaches Association All-American, first team All-South Region, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association South Region Player of the Year, SCAC Player of the Year, in addition to being named one of BSC’s Male Athletes of the Year.

As a 37th round selection in 2011 by the Twins, Leachman knew exactly what he wanted to do, and that was to sign.

“When I got drafted, I was so excited, I decided to go for it and pursue my dreams.” Leachman said.

The Division III college athlete has definitely proved himself in this first half, helping his team clinch a first half playoff spot. 

Q: So what does Drew Leachman like to do in his free time? 

Leachman: “I really love doings things outdoors. I fish and hunt a lot when I’m home in Alabama.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being part of the Minnesota Twins organization? 

Leachman: “It has to be the people; this is a very special organization. I know a lot of guys in the sport, and no one compares to the good people the Twins have.”

Q: Who is your favorite baseball player of all time? 

Leachman: “It has to be Chipper Jones with the Atlanta Braves. He played at a young age, at a high level, and stayed clean throughout his career.”

Q: What advice would you have for a kid trying to make it in this sport? 

Leachman: “Play hard every day. Also, take your education seriously.”

Q: What’s one thing we would never guess about you? 

Leachman: “I really enjoy playing basketball, and in college I won a half-court shot contest!”

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